This soup is simmered on the stove or in the crock pot to produce the richest Beef Barley Soup you'll ever taste, Shredded carrots and potatoes give it a fabulous, thick texture.
SERVES: 8 PREP TIME: 5 Minutes COOK TIME: Minutes
2 lbs. stew meat salt and pepper 2 Tbsp. oil 10 cups water 3 mounded Tablespoons beef base 3 stalks celery (about 2 cups) chopped 2 onions, choppped 5 gloves garlic, minced 1 large potato, peeled and shredded, about 2 cups 3-4 large carrots, peeled and shredded, about 2 cups 1 cup barley, rinsed
Generously salt and pepper the beef. In a large stockpot. heat the oil over medium-high heat. When it is very hot, add about 1/3 of the meat. Brown for about 1-2 minutes, then turn to brown the other side. Remove to a plate when it is browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining meat in 2 more batches. (If you add it all at once it will steam the meat instead of browning it--not what you want.)
When all the meat is browned, add all the meat back to the pot with 10 cups of water. Add 3 healthy tablespoons beef stock concentrate.
Add the chopped celery, onions, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 2 hours with the lid on.
When the meat is tender and you can break it apart easily with a wooden spoon, add the shredded potato and carrots. Bring to a boil, then continue to simmer on low for another 30-45 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. Add 1 cup of barley. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low. Cook for another half hour, or until barley is tender.
Step 4: Slow cooker instructions:
In a large pan, brown the meat according to the instructions. Remove the browned meat to a large crockpot. Add 2 cups of the water to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir up all the browned bits. Add this and the remaining 8 cups of water to the crock pot.
Add the beef base, celery, onions, and garlic to the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook for another hour.
Add the barley and simmer for another hour or so, until it is tender.