Nana's Beef & Barley Stew

READY IN: 2hrs 45mins
Recipe by Aunt Willie

This comes from my grandmother's shoebox of recipes -- and it is good! Perfect in the winter with a nice green salad and plenty of crusty bread. This makes a huge pot -- I usually freeze some to have on hand for a quick dinner. I have also added leftover corn or green beans to this and it is still fabulous. It is not a lot of work -- just the simmering takes some time. But it is worth it.

Top Review by RecipeNut

This stew was awesome! The beef was melt in your mouth! YUMMMM!! The barley did not have directions on the bag so I went to Zaar and found barley needs to cook 30 minutes before adding to stew. This was delicious!! Thanks Aunt Willie ; )

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot.
  2. Saute chopped onion, mashed garlic and beef until beef is browned on all sides.
  3. Add beef broth, water, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.
  5. Simmer 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Add carrots and celery and simmer an additional 30 minutes.
  7. You may have to add some more water at this point.
  8. Add mushrooms and cooked barley, simmer another 15 minutes.
  9. Remove bay leaves and serve.

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