Made as indicated. LOVED it. Froze and ate over a couple of weeks, didn't bother with bread and cheese reheating, but loved despite. Definitely planning on remaking.
French Onion Soup with Beef and Barley
MplsErin Posted: 10/01/09
cesamsel Posted: 02/05/10
This has long been one of my favorite soup recipes, and I've always made as directed and been amazed at the rich interplay of flavors. I tried substituting the barley with farro, which I had found at Costco. The farro only needs 15 min. of cook time, and had a beautiful creamy texture. Good change of whole-grain-pace!
BessCooksDinner Posted: 09/28/09
This is very good, and is great for weight watchers, due to the high fiber. It's a treat to have beef and cheese for only 7 points! I could only find smoked gruyere. I think next time I'll use plain swiss. I added Herb ox sodium free beef bouillon to the water due to the others' comments. Also, I added red wine in lieu of the sherry.
Lucious30 Posted: 04/12/09
EXCELLENT! I'm not a soup eater, but this is divine and very easy to make. Everyone I've made this for has loved it. I make this for an everyday meal but it would also be great for a special occasion. I had one bowl and was full.
kellergirl Posted: 02/04/10
YUM! Really easy and delicious. Could not find consume anywhere so used beef stock - 3 cups and 1 cup water and one can of beef broth, also used white wine instead of sherry. Husband did not care for the taste and texture of the rehydrated mushrooms so will use fresh next time. You could completely omit the beef and not miss it at all. Will make again!
JIMMIC Posted: 01/30/11
We used regular Barley instead of the Pearl, and Ginger from a tube instead of the chopped. I would cut the onions into bite size pieces for ease the next time. Very tasty.
Beggar Posted: 01/25/10
This recipe takes Onion Soup up into another realm! It is a fabulous soup that I have made more times than I can count! This recipe has become my husbands favorite soup recipe.
Monique1672 Posted: 09/22/11
This was great! I didn't use the shitake mushrooms because I just don't like that many mushrooms. It was really good!
HollyB Posted: 10/20/11
My whole family loves this! I don't use the dried mushrooms, and I use red wine instead of sherry. I agree with those who say you won't miss the beef!
promogal Posted: 11/07/11
Have been making this for years. It is always a winner! Great Fall/Winter dish!
stellacorona Posted: 04/11/13
i thought this was really yummy! sliced onions thin as one suggested, but they sort of disappeared. might leave a bit larger pieces next time. didn't use shallots.
althea6801 Posted: 10/21/13
Yum! My boyfriend thinks I'm a genius! Thanks :-)
Al1saPanv1n1 Posted: 09/24/13Haddon Heights, NJ
This soup was excellent! The flavor was so rich & complex. Couple of comments/changes: I used 8oz fresh shiitake & 8oz button mushrooms (not 3 cups). Since I didn't have "reserved mushroom liquid", I added 5 instead of 4 cups of water. Also, subbed regular barley for pearl, red wine for sherry, beef broth for consume & added salt to taste at the end. Next time I would lightly salt the steak to bring out more flavor. I will definitely make this again!!