Adapted from Gina’s Skinny Recipes
My husband has been sick lately and when he’s sick he usually asks me to pick up some Campbell’s Beef Barley soup. When he was little, he ate that when he was sick and it’s comforting to him. I decided to make this instead and I think it’s better and healthier than Campbell’s version!
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean beef round stew meat
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups beef broth, low-sodium, fat free
3 cups water
salt and pepper, to taste
2 bay leaves
3/4 cup dry barley
1. Heat a large heavy pot or dutch oven on medium heat. Add oil and beef, season with a little salt and brown meat a few minutes.
2. When meat is browned, add carrots, onion, celery and garlic to the pot and give it a good stir.
3. Add water, salt and bay leaves and bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer covered over low heat until the meat is soft, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
4. Add the barley, adjust the salt if needed and add fresh ground pepper. Simmer an additional 30-35, remove bay leaves and serve. Serves 5.
Taste Test: Absolutely delicious! Comforting, warm, easy and yummy!