Since spring has decided not to visit our little corner of Southwest Michigan for yet another week...it is a soup day at our house. I have been making pots of soup, chili and stews every week. While I'm not a fan of soups and stews, my husband (being from Ireland) definitely is! So the first recipe I'll share is for his favourite Beef Barley Soup! I will be serving this today in homemade bread bowls. I hope to share my bread recipe tomorrow with photos of our bread bowls!
Beef Barley Soup
1T olive oil
1 lb beef (i like to use top sirloin if i've been able to get it on sale)
trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
Approx 45 oz of beef broth (this can be from bouillion, canned broth or
stock that you've made and frozen)
4 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
15 oz canned tomatoes (again, homeade canned or store-bought--your choice)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
1T cider vinegar
2t dried marjoram
2t dried thyme
2t dried basil
1/2t black pepper
1 1/2 cup green beans - cut into bite-size pieces
***Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Brown the beef on all sides.
***Add beef to the broth, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, carrots, barley, vinegar, marjoram, thyme, basil, salt and pepper in a large soup kettle. Bring to a boil over high heat.
***Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours until the beef is tender. Remove cover and add green beans - cook another 30 minutes.
***Warm the tummies and the smiles of your family with this hearty soup