Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

The weekly soup continues with a recipe for Beef Mushroom Barley soup, adapted from Elly. I couldn’t believe how fabulous this soup turned out. The flavor was amazing, the meat perfectly tender and it was amazingly easy to put together. This rivals homemade wedding soup as my current favorite – it was THAT good! It does take about 2.5 hours from start to finish, but trust me when I tell you that the waiting is well worth it!

The substitution you find below for the red wine was found in Cook’s Illustrated Fall 2007 issue. To replace wine in a dish, use the following ratio:

1/2 cup wine = 1/2 cup broth + 1 teaspoon wine vinegar (red or white, based on recipe)

Beef Mushroom Barley Soup
(Source: Elly Says Opa!)

1 lb. beef (I used stew meat)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper
1 cup water
1 cup red wine (I substituted 1 cup beef broth + 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar)

2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced (about 3 carrots)
1 cup celery, sliced (about 3 ribs)
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper

1/2 cup barley
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

1. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot. Add meat and brown. Pour in water and red wine (or broth/vinegar mixture) and simmer for approximately 1 hour.

2. Remove beef and cut into bite-size pieces. Skim fat and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid; discard remaining liquid.

3. Melt butter in the stockpot. Add onion, carrots and celery and saute until tender. Stir in garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in beef broth and add thyme, basil, bay leaf, beef and reserved cooking liquid. Simmer for 20-30 minutes; season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Add barley and mushrooms and simmer for approximately 40 minutes.


11 Responses

  1. I’m so glad you liked it! It’s one of Tom’s favorites, too, because it’s so flavorful and hearty. I look forward to your next soup, as I am also doing the weekly soup thing 🙂

  2. Thanks for the wine substitution! I’ll have to try this soup. Looks tasty!

  3. It looks great! Elly always has the best recipes.

  4. This soup looks great Chelle! Sounds like a good choice on a cool Fall day.

  5. oh my goodness! this looks good too!`yummy x

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  7. I found your recipe by googling “beef barley soup blog.” I’m not big on the commercial recipe sites, so usually find recipes (and great blog sites) in this way.

    I don’t make many recipes with beef involved, but my husband likes it from time to time. I do have very fond memories of my father’s Saturday soups and beef barley was one of his best efforts. And, after all these years, I just found out it is my husband’s favorite soup–a detail he’s kept back because he knows beef isn’t my thing…how sweet.

    Also, on his behalf, I purchased a large sampler pack of grass fed beef from a farmer at the local market last fall and we are still working our way through it. Grass fed beef is very lean and so I am–by trial and error–learning how to prepare it. This recipe seems just right.

    I’ll report back. Thanks!!

  8. DJ – I’ll be anxious to hear how you liked this dish! Glad you enjoy surfing blogs 🙂

  9. This recipe sounds great. Unfortunately, had to print all 5 pages since could not find where to print only the recipe. Am I not seeing what is right in front of me. This recipe sounds the best of all the others I found. I think I will also add potatoes, which will give it a little more thickness. We like soup you can stand a spoon up in.

  10. I found this recpie doing a google search and by far this one sounded quite tasty and pretty much easy to prepare. I’m right in the middle of making it, I’m simmering the veggies and meat, All I have to do is add the barley and mushroom’s and so far it taste wonderful and smell’s so delicious, I cannot wait to sit down and enjoy it. I cook at a hospital and we too have this soup but I must say, This is sooo much tastier than their’s. Thank’s for the yummy recipe. And Lee all you have to do is highlight the recpie, right click and print.

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