Beef and Barley Soup: Heavenly, Healthy, and Hearty

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READY IN: 1hr 45mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Wash beef; pat dry with paper towels. Trim away any visible fat; season beef with salt and pepper (to taste). Cut into small bite-sized cubes.
  • Melt butter in a large, heavy-bottom saucepan. Transfer the beef to the hot butter and cook over medium heat until brown on all sides.
  • Add remaining ingredients to saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking, covered, for 1 1/2 hours or until barley is tender and beef is fork-tender.
  • Remove the bay leaf and laddle into warmed soup bowls. Enjoy your soup as a meal complete unto itself or add a lightly-dressed fresh spinach salad and warm crusty french/italian bread.
  • COOK'S TIP: For a delicious twist on traditional beef and barley soup, when it's done simmering stir in 4 cups of fresh baby spinach. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
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