Recipe For Melanie's Beef Barley Soup

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  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, diced into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 small red potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup barley


Season beef stew chunks with salt and pepper to taste. Place seasoned beef in a large soup pot. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and saute for 5 minutes on high heat. Remove meat. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to pot and add onions, carrots and mushrooms. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and thyme to pot and saute for 3 more minutes.

Add the chicken broth and 3 cups of water to pot. Add the frozen mixed vegetables, potatoes and barley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir all together and bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.