Beef, Barley and Dried Mushroom Soup

Total Time
1hr 45mins
15 mins
1 hr 30 mins

This is a (stew like)comforting, thick and hearty soup with deep, rich, earthy, smokey flavor.

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  1. Soak mushrooms in hot water to cover set aside.
  2. In a large heavy bottom pot heat oil and saute onions, garlic, celery and carrots to slightly wilted.
  3. Season beef cubes generously with salt and pepper then add to onion mixture to brown.
  4. Remove mushrooms and rough cut reserve the strained liquid.
  5. Add ground meat, chipotle pepper, and chopped mushrooms to pot and brown.
  6. Add to the 6 cups of water strained liquid from mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, beef base, and tomato paste stir to blend and add to pot along with the oregano and bay leaves.
  7. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Add barley and simmer an hour.
  9. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.