Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
I've been making this for a while, but had never written anything down. Needless to say, it was always a little different, depending on which vegetables I ended up using. My DH would always say "That was good, can we have it again?" To which I would reply....No! His obvious response was.... "Why don't you ever write anything down?" Okay, so this time I did. This is a great recipe to use up any fresh or frozen vegetables. Needless to say, as long as you start with a good base, you are almost always guaranteed to be successful. This is quite filling, and wonderful served with Kittencal's Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Bread. You really won't have room for much else. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Cooking time does not include refrigeration time.
- In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, water, beef bones, barley, carrots and garlic. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 hours.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove bones, meat and carrots. (you won't find the garlic :) ) Shred the meat and return to the broth mixture. Discard the carrots, bones and any fat.
- Refrigerate the broth to allow any remaining fat to harden. This makes it easier to remove. At this point, you can either continue on with the recipe, or the broth may be refrigerated for up to 3 days. You could probably freeze it as well, but I never have.
- Once the fat has been removed, return the broth to the stove and heat to boiling.
- Add in the salt, pepper, Bovril, potatoes and onion. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for approx 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add noodles and vegetables. Continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
I love this recipe! I've made it several times now over the past 3 years since I found this recipe and it always turns out delicious. My family loves it! The only part of the recipe that I've skipped is chilling the broth to get rid of the fat. The only things I do different from the directions is I brown the bones on both sides and let them simmer for at least 2 1/2 hours. I like the caramelization I get on the meat and in the pot, which I think helps to enrich the broth, and the extra cooking time makes the meat so tender it falls off the bones! Easy and simple recipe with delicious results every time. Perfect for those chilly winter nights!
This is a great recipe, and can easily be adapted to whatever veggies you have left over after the meal. I think you could make it with other less costly cuts of beef when it isn't a special meal. Also, I varied the barley and used another grain blend from Tader Joes because I happened to have it...and it worked beautifully! Because I had roasted potatoes with thhe Prime Rib, I used the leftovers instead of other potatoes--delicious! So EASY!
I made this with leftover prime rib. WONDERFUL. I highly recommend. The only changes that I made was added sliced mushrooms and would probably not add noodles next time.