• Laura Carbery

Beef Barley Soup


The last few days we’ve all been in the sick bay here, so trying to keep some of us nourished in between dry toast & dioralyte rounds.

This recipe is suitable for babies from 6 months +


Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hours Serves: 4 Adults


INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 400g stewing beef, cut into small pieces 250g mushrooms, finely chopped 1 onion, finely diced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 celery stick, finely diced 1 carrot, peeled & finely diced 1/2 tsp dried thyme 750ml low salt beef stock 1/3 cup pearl barley, rinsed Handful freshly chopped parsley to serve


METHOD 1. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the beef and brown on all sides. 2. Add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms are beginning to brown & soften. 3. Add the meat, veg & all of the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker* and give it a good stir. 4. Cook on high for 3 hours or 6 hours on low.

NOTE: Browning the meat is optional, but I highly recommend it as it adds to the flavour. If you don't have time to brown the meat, you can just put all of the raw ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook for the above time and you'll get a similar (a little less flavoursome!) result.

* You can also make this soup in a large pot with lid on and achieve a similar result to a slow cooker. The slow cooker is just very handy that you can leave on while you're out and about but some hobs have a timer function which can allow you this flexibility too! 1. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the beef and brown on all sides. 2. Add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms are beginning to brown & soften. 3. Add the meat, veg & all of the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker* and give it a good stir. 4. Cook on high for 3 hours or 6 hours on low.


NOTE:

Browning the meat is optional, but I highly recommend it as it adds to the flavour. If you don't have time to brown the meat, you can just put all of the raw ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook for the above time and you'll get a similar (a little less flavoursome!) result.

* You can also make this soup in a large pot with lid on and achieve a similar result to a slow cooker. The slow cooker is just very handy that you can leave on while you're out and about but some hobs have a timer function which can allow you this flexibility too!


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