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    Beef and Barley Soup

    Beef and Barley Soup. Photo by Torachef 1997

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    24 hrs 40 mins

    40 mins

    24 hrs

    Chef PotPie's Note:

    This soup is good on a cold winter night! This recipe came from Good Housekeeping, 1986.

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    1. 1
      In 8 quart Dutch oven in hot oil, brown beef shanks on both sides. Remove to a plate.
    2. 2
      In pan drippings, cook carrots, celery, onions and mushrooms until lightly browned.
    3. 3
      Cut meat from bones into bite-sized pieces and return meat AND bones to Dutch oven.
    4. 4
      Add barley, salt, oregano, pepper, bouillon cubes, and 11 cups of water.
    5. 5
      Heat to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours until beef and barley are tender.
    6. 6
      Discard bones, skim fat from liquid.
    7. 7
      Add spinach to pot, bring back to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 10 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 24, 2014


      I found myself with beef shanks in the freezer (after purchasing a quarter beef several months ago) - had mushrooms from a big sale - and found this recipe! It is a hearty soup, but pretty healthy in content and with a very mild flavor. I think some will find it lacking in seasoning, so you may wish to adjust - we prefer un-spicy things, so it was fine for us. Do NOT skip the step of skimming the fat off - the shanks generate a lot of fat and it must be removed. I did that at the second serving (brain cramp the first time) and lost some veggies and spinach when skimming late. I will make this one again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Beef and Barley Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (248 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 169.3
    Calories from Fat 56
    Total Fat 6.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 815.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.2 g
    Sugars 5.6 g
    Protein 5.5 g

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