Mushroom Beef Barley Soup

Soups like this one, make for a really nice, warm meal, especially on a cold, rainy or snowy night!  I often make soups on the weekend for a no-fuss meal or two during the week.  Crusty bread or rolls are all you need!

DSC_0079 (3) nx2Makes 10 Servings

1 Tbsp. EVOO
¾ lean ground beef
2 ½ cups sliced brown mushrooms
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef stock**or low salt beef broth
5 cups water
19 oz. plum tomatoes, chopped
3 potatoes, diced (optional)
¾ – 1 cup pearl barley or farro (depends on how thick you like your soup)
1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried marjoram, or 1 ½ tsp. fresh
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. each salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/3 to ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

In a large pot, heat EVOO over high heat; cook beef for 5 minutes, stirring to break up meat; drain off any accumulated fat. Add mushrooms, carrots, onion & garlic; cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the stock, water, tomatoes, potatoes (if using), barley, Worcestershire sauce, marjoram, bay leaf, salt & pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer until potatoes & barley are tender, about 30 – 45 minutes. Discard bay leaf and stir in parsley.

Ladle soup into warm bowls and serve.

If you would like to make your own stock, click Making Stock.

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