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Hearty Beef & Barley Soup

Hearty, satisfying, and soul warming. This soup will help you survive a seemingly endless winter.

Hearty Beef & Barley Soup

Yield: 8 servings   Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: Stovetop- 1.5 hr, Crockpot- 4-6 hrs

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs stewing beef
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions for Dutch Oven:

Dice all vegetables to desired size.

In a dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. In small batches, brown the beef cubes on all sides (this is so that the beef stays tender in the stew). When all the beef is browned, add it back into the pot along with the beef stock. Use a wooden spoon to scrap the bottom of the pot and lift any brown bits that are stuck down there (adds flavour). Cover the pot and allow the beef to cook in the broth for 20 minutes. Add the vegetables, barley, tomato paste, Worcestershire, soya, onion, garlic, thyme, and parsley. Cover and cook for 40 minutes. Combine the water and cornstarch and add it to the soup. Cook uncovered for 15 more minutes. Enjoy!

Instructions for Slow Cooker: 

Dice all vegetables to desired size.

In a pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. In small batches, brown the beef cubes on all sides (this is so that the beef stays tender in the stew). Add the beef stock, tomato paste, Worcestershire, soya, onion, garlic, thyme, and parsley into the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add in the beef, barley, and vegetables. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Combine the water and cornstarch and add it to the soup. Cook uncovered for 30 more minutes on high. Enjoy!


This is kind of cross between a soup and a stew… stoup?

Tips for cooking:

I add the corn starch to thicken the liquid because I like it like that. If you like the way it comes out before adding corn starch then skip it. 

I also leave the potatoes in large chunks. I do this because I freeze half the soup and leave out the potatoes. I don’t like the texture of potatoes after they’ve been frozen and thawed. 

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