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Beef Barley Soup #Foodie Friday

beef barley soup: simple living and eating

OK, birthday parties in my house are over for now and Halloween Candy is being rationed. (So no one gets a belly ache.) Time to take a break from sweets and balance out with a healthy and hearty bowl of beef barley soup. Barley is such a great warm weather grain, and it holds up really well in soup. Unlike rice it doesn't soak up all of your broth. 

Grains have been getting a bad reputation lately, but whole grains work in the body much differently than processed grains. Whole grains, like barley, clear the digestive track: helping to prevent colon cancer, and they feed the good bacteria in your stomach which helps to improve your digestion. Grains are also important for your nerves… they keep you calm and help you sleep. So sure if your trying to loss some weight, skip the white flour, reduce your grain intake,  but keep some whole grains in your diet for long term health. 

beef barley soup: simple living and eating

Beef Barley Soup

by Diane Balch


3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 onion chopped
4 celery stalks chopped
3 carrots chopped 
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1/2 teaspoon of ground Thyme
7 ounces of left over steak or any type of beef chopped small
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup of pearl barley
64 ounces of beef broth
1 10 ounce can of kidney beans
salt and pepper to taste


1) In a large sauce pan heat the EVOO on medium high heat and add the vegetables as you chop them in this order: onions, celery, carrots and garlic.
Do not brown the garlic. Cook vegetables until they start to soften. Salt the vegetables as you add them.

Note: If you are adding raw meat. Brown it in the oil and remove it from the pan before you cook the vegetables. 

2) Add the thyme and let it heat a little in the oil to release it's flavor. Add the barley next and let it get coated by the oil too. Let it sauté for about 1 minute. This will help the grain keep it's structure.

3) Add the beef broth and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer on low for about 1 hour or until the barley softens. Once the barley is cooked add the beef and the kidney beans. 

Best served with hearty rustic whole grain bread and butter.

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  1. Thanks for the party, Diane! Hope you're having a great week!

  2. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Your soup looks delicious and hearty which is great during these cooler days.

    1. Thanks, we have a rainy day here today. I might make some soup.

  3. Hi Diane,
    I am with you it is time to slow down with the sweets and have something healthy, your soup looks awesome! Hope you are having a good evening and thanks for hosting.
    Miz Helen

    1. Yes, the candy bags are hidden away in the pantry until after dinner. It is so hard not to munch on those little tiny pieces of chocolate… all day long.

  4. I can seriously almost smell this soup through the screen. I love this time of year, chilly weather and warm soups!

    1. Thats so sweet… I love cooking when its get chilly out too. Salads are great, but there is nothing like a hearty soup or stew.

  5. Thank you Diane for the party
    Enjoy Halloween and have a great weekend :)

    1. My daughter had a wonderful time. My poor son was home sick. I think this is the first Halloween he ever missed.

  6. Thank you for the feature of my chicken stew. I'm so glad you liked it. We try to eat healthy at our house.

    Your soup is perfect for this time of the year Diane and so good for you too. I love the idea of using left-over steak, which we always seem to have after the weekend. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    1. You are very welcome about your stew. I love that it is over polenta… fantastic idea. I can tell by your recipes that you eat very healthy. So glad you contribute to this party.

  7. Thanks for the party, my Friend!


  8. Thank you Diane for featuring my Easy Hard Cider Apple Dumplings, I can't wait to make them again (I think I'll add dried cranberries to see how it turns out)!!
    Love coming to visit and see all the great food. I LOVE Beef Barley soup and yours looks phenomenal.

    1. Thanks Kari,
      I love a good simple recipe. It is great to have you become part of this party.

  9. Thanks so much Diane for another fabulous link party!
    Have a great weekend.

    1. You are welcome Nancy… always good to see your healthy recipes.

  10. I love the chicken stew on polenta idea! I've recently become a little addicted to polenta.

    1. I don't cook polenta enough. This recipe has inspired me to make it more.

  11. Thanks so much for featuring my Crock Pot Turkey Legs! And thanks for hosting another great Foodie Friday party! :-)
    Kristin @ DizzyBusyandHungry.com

    1. You are very welcome. So glad to have you as part of this party.

  12. Your soup looks delicious Diane. I need more soups in my life that are not orange ;) Thanks so much for the party. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Orange is a good color for this time of year Lisa... but yes, I hope you try a good hearty barley soup soon. Thanks for coming by.

  13. Beef soup looks awesome. Thank you for hosting the party!

  14. Hi Diane, thanks for linking this up to Marvelous Monday.... I love soup and will be trying this soon! Pinned!

  15. All the food looks awesome, I think I need to eat, I'm hungry! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  16. This soup looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe at The Pin Junkie. It was featured in the fall recipe roundup. http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/11/fall-recipes-roundup.html. Be sure to stop by to grab an "I was featured" button and stop by Thursday evening to share your best fall crafts!

  17. This looks so warm and comforting! My man's a big fan of anything with beans and I think he'd like this.
    I have to remember to stop by to check out future Foodie Fridays - today I'm stopping in from the From Dream to Reality Hop, but I look forward to coming back!

    1. Welcome, so great to have you stop by.. yes, please join us on Friday. The link is up Thurs night at 8:30 pm.


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