YaYa’s Beef, Barley & Mushroom Soup


Beef Barley and Mushroom Soup

Beef, Barley & Mushroom Soup

serves 4-6

1 large soup pot or Dutch oven
1-2 tablespoons olive oil to sauté meat and vegetables
1-1/2 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into about 1-1-1/2 inch cubes, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 leeks, white part only cut into quarters and chopped
1 sweet onion, diced
4 carrots, diced
3 stalk of celery, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Bay leaf sprig with 3 small leaves attached
3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves removed
A couple stems of fresh parsley remove stems, chop parsley
Fresh rosemary, about 6 little spikes removed from stem
4 ounces dried porcinis and shiitake mushrooms, soaked, drain liquid and chop rehydrated mushrooms (reserve broth for soup, but strain it before adding to soup)
3/4 pound fresh cleaned sliced mushrooms
Splash of red wine
¾ cups mushroom broth
6 cups beef broth
1 cup Pomi diced tomatoes
1 cup barley
*optional barley cooked separately in additional beef or vegetable broth

Beef Barley and Mushroom Ingredients

Brown meat in hot olive oil in Dutch oven for about 5 minutes turn often. Remove meat add chopped veggies and herbs top pot and sauté for 4 or so minutes (add garlic for last ½ minute of sauté time). Deglaze pot with red wine return beef to pot along with the rest of the ingredients and simmer partially covered for at least an hour, test the beef for tenderness (1-1/2 to 2 hours) add the barley for the last 15 minutes or until barley is tender.  I prefer to cook my barley separately in beef or vegetable broth according to package directions and then add to each bowl of soup.

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