Beef & Barley Soup
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
This is such a cozy, comforting soup - plus it\'s easy to make!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 - lb(s) stew beef
  • 1 - small red onion(s)
  • 8 - oz. sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 2 - Tbsp red cooking wine
  • 4 - cup(s) beef broth
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 - cup(s) pearled barley**
  • Garnish: - chopped parsley**
  • Side: - salad**
  • Side: - loaf bread**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Chop the red onion.
  2. Brown the sides of the beef cubes in a large saucepan with the olive oil, then mix in the chopped red onion, sliced white mushrooms and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic powder and then pour in the red cooking wine and beef broth. Bring to bubbling over medium high heat.
  3. Stir in the pearled barley and let cook at a rolling boil for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Prepare the salad.
  5. Warm the loaf bread.
  6. Serve Beef & Barley Soup with salad and bread.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Chop 2 small red onions. Slice mushrooms, if needed.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. stew beef
  • Half of the chopped red onion
  • 8 oz. fresh sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp red cooking wine
  • 4 cups beef broth

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring all of the contents of the baggie into large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to bubbling, add pearled barley and cook for 20 minutes.

Special notes

To adapt this recipe for the slow cooker, add all ingredients to slow cooker EXCEPT the pearled barley. Set on low and cook for 7 hours, then add the pearled barley to the soup and slow cook another 1 hour on low.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is could be made gluten-free if you replace the barley with white rice or quinoa.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Beef & Barley Soup

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and add contents of baggie to large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to bubbling, add pearled barley, and cook for 20 minutes.
Serve with salad and loaf bread.