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Slow Simmering Beef Barley Soup

An individual serving of beef barley soup in a clear glass bowl, with a slice of buttered bread.

Wouldn’t a hot bowl of Beef Barley Soup be perfect to help break this cold snap we’ve been having? It’s been bitterly cold throughout the Midwest and cooler than normal temperatures in other part of the country, too.

Beef Barley Soup
Submitted by J.Johnson from California

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1-lb. beef stew meat
8 c. water
6 beef bouillon cubes
14-oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 c. carrots, sliced
1 c. chopped onion
1 1/2 c. celery, sliced
1/2 c. barley
1/4 c. parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

In a large soup pot, heat oil on medium heat. (Our 8-Piece Ginny’s Brand Stock Pot Set is perfect for making different soups.) Add stew meat, stirring until browned, then drain. Add 8 cups of water into the beef in pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add the 6 bouillon cubes and stir in. Cover pot and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is fork-tender. With slotted spoon, remove meat from pot to a bowl and let cool. Shred meat with fingers then return meat back to pot along with stewed tomatoes, carrots, onion, celery, barley, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer about 2 hours or until vegetables are tender. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Beef Barley Soup is great because it can easily be adjusted with different vegetables. Wouldn’t some corn or potatoes be wonderful? What else would you add?

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Published on Jan 08 2014

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