Comforting Beef Barley Soup

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
15 min 2 h 6
Comforting Beef Barley Soup
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681 gm Beef, stewing beef
1 pinch Sea Salt (to taste)
1 dash Black pepper (to taste)
2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
10 small mushroom(s) Button mushrooms (quartered)
1 cup White onion (chopped)
1 cup diced Celery (chopped)
1 cup chopped Carrots (chopped)
6 clove(s) Garlic (6-8 cloves, minced)
6 cup Beef broth (stock), low-sodium
1 cup Water
2 leaf Bay leaf
1/2 tsp, ground Thyme, dried
1 potato Potato (large, shredded)
2/3 cup Pearl barley, dry (rinsed)


  1. Season the stew meat with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Heat half the oil in a large pot or in the instant pot over medium-high heat. Add ½ the stew meat and brown on all sides for about 2-3 minutes total. Remove meat to a plate and repeat with the second batch and the second half of the oil.
  2. Add the mushroom to the pot and brown the mushrooms for 1-2 minutes or until they start picking up the brown bits left behind by the meat. Remove the mushrooms to the same plate as the stew meat.
  3. Add the veggies (onions, celery, carrots) and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the onions soften and become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. IF USING A SLOW COOKER: Add the softened veggies, stew meat, mushrooms, bay leaves, dried thyme, water, and beef broth to the slow cooker and allow the soup to cook on the high setting for 3 hours or on the low setting for 6 hours.
    • IF USING THE INSTANT POT: Add the stew meat, mushrooms, bay leaves, dried thyme, water, and beef broth to sautéed veggies in the instant pot, cover, and pressure cook the meat for 13-16 minutes depending on the size of the stew meat. Allow the pressure to release before removing the lid.
    • FOR BOTH METHODS: Add the shredded potatoes and the barley and allow the soup to cook on the high setting (for the instant pot you hit the slow cook button) for 1 hour or until the potatoes and barley cook through. Season with additional seasonings to taste. Serve warm with a loaf of crusty bread or crackers.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 341
Calories from fat 118
Calories from saturated fat 37
Total Fat 13.1 g
Saturated Fat 4.1 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.4 g
Cholesterol 61 mg
Sodium 208 mg
Potassium 848 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.7 g
Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
Sugars 3.7 g
Protein 31 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.9
Meat 1.5
Vegetables 1.7

Energy sources