It was a freezing cold day and I wanted to make something for dinner that would warm us all up. I started browsing the Internet and found a hearty and filling soup from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary that looked delicious. I adapted the recipe a bit to use what I had on hand. I filled it up with veggies and meat so it turned out to be a thick stew instead of a soup – perfect for the cold day. My daughter loved this stew and requested it for lunch the following day, she did say she didn’t like the mushrooms. My husband and I both really enjoyed the stew as well but our son said he didn’t like it (the only soup he likes is clam chowder). I served this stew with a fresh loaf of crusty bread for a filling and satisfying dinner.
Beef and Barley Stew:
- 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
- 2 lbs of lean chuck, diced
- 1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 8 cups of beef broth
- 1-2 bay leaves
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- 8 oz of mushrooms, sliced
- 3 stalks of celery, diced
- 3 carrots, diced
- 5-6 fingerling potatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup of pearled barley
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with a little water
How to Make Beef and Barley Stew
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef in batches and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized. Once the beef is cooked, add the onion and garlic and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
Add the beef broth, bay leaves, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and place it into the oven for 2-3 hours.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
Add the mushrooms, carrots, celery, fingerling potatoes, and pearled barley to the beef soup. Cover and cook on the stovetop over medium-low heat for 45-60 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the pearled barley is cooked through.
Mix a bit of cornstarch with some water and stir until completely dissolved. Add the cornstarch slurry to the boiling soup and stir. Remove from the heat and serve. Enjoy.
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Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net Adapted recipe from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary