Nana's Beef & Barley Stew

Nana's Beef & Barley Stew created by Rita1652

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.

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2hrs 45mins
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  • Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot.
  • Saute chopped onion, mashed garlic and beef until beef is browned on all sides.
  • Add beef broth, water, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add carrots and celery and simmer an additional 30 minutes.
  • You may have to add some more water at this point.
  • Add mushrooms and cooked barley, simmer another 15 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaves and serve.
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"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."
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  1. wowclaypool
    Very tasty, very hearty soup. Great comfort food. I skipped the celery and added potatoes instead. The recipe also makes a lot of soup--I doubled the recipe and had to use two pots.
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  2. wowclaypool
    Very tasty, very hearty soup. Great comfort food. I skipped the celery and added potatoes instead. The recipe also makes a lot of soup--I doubled the recipe and had to use two pots.
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  3. Zee7181
    At first I was going to give this 4 stars. That was until my DH (who normally doesn't care for stews or soups) said he loved it ... and then it was even better the next day! Yum, yum. I will make this frequently. I may try adding some frozen green peas at the end of the cooking time and maybe an envelope of brown gravy (although this makes a nice gravy on its own). I've been searching for an excellent beef and barley recipe and this is it!
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  4. atm1970
    I just had this, this weekend at Chef Sudie's house, it was sooo good. I loved it and I can't wait to make it myself.
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  5. PMP9512
    This was really good...a real "stick to your ribs" kind of meal. Served with salad and crusty bread.
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