Beef and barley soup

    14 hours 15 min

    A delicious and hearty soup, that will warm the cockles of your heart. A beef joint is simmered with barley, mushrooms and seasonings in a beef stock. Perfect for the cold winter months.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 200g pearl barley
    • 600ml water
    • 225g broken dried mushrooms
    • 125ml water
    • 1 (1.35kg) boneless beef rump joint
    • 5 litres water
    • 30g chopped fresh parsley
    • 15g chopped fresh dill
    • 400ml beef stock
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon pepper

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:6hr  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:14hr15min 

    1. Combine barley and 600ml water in a bowl; cover and let soak overnight. Combine dried mushrooms and 125ml water in a bowl; cover and let soak overnight.
    2. Place the beef joint in a large stockpot over medium heat; cover the beef with 5 litres water. Bring the water to the boil, skimming any foam off the surface. Boil the beef until the foam no longer forms on the water, about 15 minutes.
    3. Pour the barley, mushrooms and the water from both bowls into the stockpot; stir in the parsley, dill, stock, salt and pepper. Return the mixture to the boil; reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring every hour, until soup has reduced to desired thickness, 4 to 6 hours.
    4. Remove large pieces of beef from the soup; trim and discard fat. Cut remaining meat into bite-sized pieces and return them to the soup.

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    tried this recipie today and Im sorry to say it was so thick and flavourless,I tried to thin it out add an extra stock cube nothing worked overpowering smell of pearl barley.  -  21 Dec 2011


    my family said it was the best soup I ever made. I cooked the meat a lot longer by it's self so it was really tender and I used fresh mushrooms. They can't wait til I make it again  -  05 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made some changes-I cooked stew meat in the crock pot with a package of brown gravy mix and 2 cups of water. Once that was about done, I cooked quick barley (1cup) according to the package directions. I put the barley, parsley, salt, etc all in the crock pot with the meat to finish for about an hour.  -  04 Jan 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)