Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside - Soup's On

It is bitterly cold outside.  On days like this I like to eat something that will warm me from my head to my toes.  The perfect food is soup.  The soup I am making today is rich and hearty  a stick-to-your-ribs type of soup.  It is packed with lots of good vegetables, meat, and barley in a delicious broth.

This soup also freezes well.  Just put the soup in a freezer container and when ready to use thaw and heat.

Hearty Beef and Barley Soup

1-1/2 lbs stew meat cut in bite-size pieces browned
2 quarts beef broth
1 cup diced potatoes
1 cup sliced carrots
½ cup diced onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 cup diced celery
1 cup corn
1 cup green beans
1 cup sliced baby Bella mushrooms
½ cup  barley
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon rubbed sage
¼ teaspoon thyme
1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon steak sauce


1. Put all of the ingredients in a 7 ¼ quart Dutch oven or stockpot.  Bring to a boil.   Reduce heat and simmer for 60 minutes.
2.  If necessary adjust seasoning.
3.  Remove bay leaf and serve.

Makes 8 servings

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