Lamb may be used in place of beef stew meat, if desired. Use one pound of boneless lamb leg, cut into one-inch pieces.
2 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 cups chopped leek (about 4 medium)
2 cups chopped carrot
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 bay leaves
2 (14-ounce) cans less-sodium beef broth
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
How to Make It
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add half of beef; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining beef.
Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add leek, carrot, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Return beef to pan. Add water and next 5 ingredients (through broth); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Add barley; cook 30 minutes or until beef and barley are tender. Discard bay leaves.
Why is this listed in gluten-free? My husband was just diagnosed with celiac disease and I was counting on this website, which I use daily, to help find recipes. If you are going to take the step of listing a "gluten-free" category, please make sure your information is accurate. I am so disappointed in myrecipes.com - this makes me feel that the information provided throughout is not as reliable as I thought.
I'm not a big meat eater, but my husband is a meat & potatoes Irish guy, so this soup is a nice compromise for us. I use one pound of beef & substitute a pound of baby bella mushrooms for the second pound. I just chunk them up big & toss them in with the rest of the veggies. I follow the rest of the recipe as written. It's a great fall/winter dinner with a glass of red wine & some good crusty bread.
I made this soup for my wife because she was always talking about beef and barley soup. I was unsure of this though due to a bad experience with the same soup when I was younger. I am very happy that I tried this again, I absolutely loved this soup and so did my wife. Great recipe CL!
Haven't made this, but it was in the special "gluten free diet" section and barley IS NOT EVER gluten free. So if you're looking for a good recipe for yourself or a friend on a gf diet, don't make this!