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Beef Barley Soup



Beef Barley Soup
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs lean beef round stew meat
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 – 2 tsp kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2/3 cup dry barley
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large heavy pot or Dutch oven on medium heat. Add oil and beef, season with a little salt. Brown meat a few minutes.
  2. When meat is browned, add carrots, onion, celery and garlic to the pot and give it a good stir.
  3. Add water, salt and bay leaves and bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to low. Simmer covered over low heat until the meat is soft, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  4. Add the barley, adjust the salt if needed and add fresh ground pepper. Simmer an additional 30-35 minutes, remove bay leaves and serve. Makes 7 1/2 cups.


This article first appeared in the February 2018 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.