This Beef Barley Soup is packed with vegetables, including mushrooms, peas, potatoes, and carrots. It’s hearty and packed with flavor, and using already cooked beef cuts down on cooking time.
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour
1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil)
1 yellow onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
16 oz. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
2 white potatoes, diced (about 2 cups)
8 cups beef broth
3/4 cup pearled barley
2 cups cooked beef, cut into cubes or shredded (see note)
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
kosher salt and black pepper
In a large pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.
Add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt. Stir together and sauté, stirring only occasionally, until mushrooms are softened and most of their liquid has released and evaporated (about 5 minutes).
Add the potatoes, beef broth, and barley, along with some more salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer on low for 40 minutes, or until barley is cooked.
Stir in the cooked beef, peas, and parsley. Cook for two more minutes, until everything is heated through.
Season to taste and serve.
I used leftover prime rib for this recipe. You can use leftover pot roast, steak, tenderloin, or any other leftover beef you have.
If you don’t have cooked beef, you can use 1 lb. of beef chuck or round roast cut into 1/2″ pieces. Brown the pieces in butter or oil in the pot, remove and set aside. Then, continue with directions. When you add the beef broth, potatoes, and barley to the pot, add the beef as well, and simmer for about an hour until the beef is tender and the barley is cooked.
This beef barley soup can be frozen for up to 6 months in an airtight container.
For a gluten-free version, substitute rice or gluten-free oats for the barley.
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