Quick-cooking barley and sirloin help get this beef-and-barley soup on the table in a snap--and it doubles easily. If leftovers get too thick in the fridge, add a little broth when you reheat it. Serve with crusty bread and a glass of malbec. Source: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Sprinkle steak with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the steak and cook, stirring often, until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

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  • Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil, onion and celery to the pot and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add carrot and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add tomato paste and thyme and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are coated with the tomato paste and are beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Add barley, broth, water, salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook until the barley is tender, about 15 minutes. Return the beef and any accumulated juice to the pot and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vinegar to taste.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

273 calories; 9 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 332 mg sodium. 647 mg potassium; 28.6 g carbohydrates; 4.6 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 19.7 g protein; 3232 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mg vitamin c; 20 mcg folate; 44 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 24 mg magnesium;

Reviews (17)

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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2019
Super yummy and so very easy! Will be making again & again. I did use the quick-cook barley but it still took extra 30(?) min or perhaps we like it softer than most? I added more barley 1 1/4 cup and bullion as others suggested so being my first time making it I am not sure if it was needed. We will have left overs for a few days! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2018
This is one of my top five eating well recipes. We make it all the time. Healthy but flavorful and you don't feel deprived. I add a little garlic (we love garlic) and also use New York strip because we typically double or triple the recipe for leftovers and the New York strip really adds a lot of rich flavor. This is a great recipe and makes you feel good to eat it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2017
I added lentils with it it was hardy and quick I will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2016
Will most def make again:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2015
Very good and well worth making This is a good soup. I added one more cup of broth so five total. Like another reviewer I also added more barley 1 1/4 C total. It was really good. I'll totally make this soup again. Pros: quick tasty hearty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2015
I made this soup... And I really found it very filling. I doubled the quantity just so I could have some for quick lunches if needed. But I will be making this soup again... Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2014
This turned out great! Very flavorful and satisfying. It turned out that the barley I purchased was not quick cooking so that added about 45 minutes cook time. Ultimately it was a good thing because the soup reduced further and had rich flavor. Definitely making again on a cold night! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2014
Yum I use beef stock rather than broth to add more flavor and egg noodles instead of barley. I also add a couple cloves of garlic and some frozen peas and corn - delicious! Pros: Quick & easy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/28/2013
Hi I made this soup as the recipe stated and found it to be very bland. So I tweaked it a bit and it turned out amazing. First I added a cup of Barley rather than 3/4. I also added beef bouillion cubes to taste as it wasn't beefy enough for me. Addtional barley and beef bouillion (Knorr) made it must better! I would recommend this recipe with tweaking! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2013
Awesome soup on a cold day! Quick and healthy! Great soup! Easy and quick to make! The flavor are complex for how quickly it cooks! My boyfriend And I have both made it and love it each time we make it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2013
we loved it I made this last night and it was good. I could not find quick barley so i used normal barley so i had to cook it for an hour. My husband begged me to add white potatoes so i did. It was filling and good. Pros: i couldn't find quick barley Cons: easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2012
easy and good Had this forever and finally made it it was great! My quasi picky fiance also loved it. My own mistake I should have sauteed the celery a little longer bc it was kind of crunchy and I should have taken the meat off a minute before but these were my issues as I was afraid of overcooking and undercooking the meat. Still so good! Made the kitchen smell great. Pros: pretty easy perfect size for 2 people and 2 leftover serving Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Quick Beef & Barley Soup Great winter soup for a cold night. Pros: Easy to make tastes great even better the next day! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Comfort food. Mmmmm. Hit the spot on a cold winter's night. My husband raved and raved. I only substituted a bay leaf for the thyme but kept everything else the same. I can't wait to try some of the other recipes in this month's magazine. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Much better the next day I felt the soup needed more punch so I added a dried seasoning mix containing salt shallots garlic onion and chives and let the soup cook for another hour after adding the beef back to the pot. Pros: Comes together quickly Cons: but isn't very flavorful after the short cooking time suggested. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Perfect for a snowy day. Made this on a snow day so had to use what was on hand. This meant I used chicken broth and had no celery. I used extra spices and I admit I made small dumplings and added them. It was fabulous! I did cook it a little longer after I added the meat. It gets better and better. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
delicious comfort soup on a cold winter day in Wisconsin we used regular cooking barley and then added 2 more cups of beef broth and tomato past. Read More