Thursday, 28 November 2013

Cold, Windy, Rainy: Beef and Barley Soup!

(I have no idea why it is highlighted in white... for half of my blog. Apologies)

With the weather being so windy, cold and rainy I was feeling like soup would be a good dinner! I love how it warms you up and you can enjoy it with yummy rolls from the market (which means you also buy their homemade turtle bars!) so it is win-win-win!

I pinned this recipe blindly without even reading it just based on the picture because I was in a soup mood a couple weeks ago. It's been haunting me ever since so I went back and read the recipe which is the one I actually used because it had a good method, ingredients and reasonable cook time. Like any soup there is a little bit of fanangling when it comes to spices and water ratio but other than that I stuck to her instructions and recipe! I even bought the Knorr Homestyle stock tubs because I have been wanting to try them since I saw them in the store a while back. It made for a really flavourful soup and even Scott, who earlier in the day declared he probably didn't like beef and barley, loved it! 

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup

1 lb. of beef or steak cut into bite sizes
1 tbsp olive oil
5 cups of water (total, but you'll break it up)
salt and pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 celery stalks chopped
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup of uncooked pearl barley
3 cups of frozen veggies OR chop your own 
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes with juice
2 Homestyle Stock Tubs (You may only want to use one, but we LOVED how it tasted with two!)

Lets Make it!

In a large pot over medium-high heat brown the beef in olive oil. Once the beef has browned add in the garlic, 1 cup of water, 1 Homestyle stock tub, bay leaf, salt and pepper.  

Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for one hour.  Enjoy the DELICIOUS smell! :)

After one hour, add the celery, onion, veggies, tomatoes (and juice), Homestyle Stock tub (optional) and 4 cups of water.  Bring to a boil for 10 minutes. 

Then Simmer Simmer Simmer for about 30 minutes.  I say about because at that moment I had two toddlers waking up from nap time and demanding snacks so things got a little away from me and it may of simmered for closer to 45 minutes. Either way it turned out delicious!  

I made mine two hours before serving and the extra time it spend just letting the flavours mix was really great!  We also divided up the left overs and froze for lunches or a quick dinner. 

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