Beef with Barley……..

Amazing I never cared for soup as a child mostly when too many ‘things’ were floating around. This instance occurred with my children until I found simple recipes; minus the floating things . My Dad loved Beef with Barley and my children and grands love it as well. Again this is a basic and hearty soup great during the colder months of the year. I remember one winter day my granddaughter assisted me making this dish, funny how they always enjoy the meal after participating!


16  oz  Barley

1 small onion

3  celery stems

3-4  garlic cloves

1  lb  beef cubes

1/4  cup Wondra  flour 

3   tbsp  butter  (optional)


salt & pepper

28   ounces  chicken stock

2 tsp  browning seasoning 

2 cups baby carrots

Prepare barley; rinse and soak according to directions, or you can use pealed barley which you boil and simmer 40 minutes.

Place beef cubes in a medium bowl, season with salt & pepper add olive oil and cover with flour. In a saucepan heated with oil add grated onion, celery and garlic saute lightly then add beef cubes stirring to sear. Add browning seasoning; I use a little butter as well (optional) brown beef til tender.You might like to add the carrots to the beef giving them a little sear and flavor.  When barley is cooked add chicken stock, parsley and (carrots); simmer 10 minutes.

 Combine Barley and Beef into one pot and continue to simmer 20-30 minutes. barley tends to soak up the broth so you may want to add more stock before serving.

Serve with a  light tossed salad and enjoy!


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One response to “Beef with Barley……..

  1. karen gorman

    I find your recepies are delicious!!!!!!!

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