Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mom's Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

I've always loved  my Mom's Vegetable Beef Barley Soup.  It's so comforting on a cold Winter's day. If you never tried barley in a soup, it certainly adds a  creaminess.   My Mom uses beef stew meat, but lately I've been using a pot roast in the soup.  Here's the recipe, if you'd like to give it a try.

a 2-3 pound pot roast (such as arm or chuck)
1 T. oil
1 onion, cut up                                                                                
2-3 celery stalks, cut up (or left whole & taken out later)
1/2 head of cabbage, finely cut
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
2 boxes beef broth (you may need to add some water, if you like it thinner)
3/4 cup barley
1 16 oz. bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1-2 bay leaves
salt & pepper to taste
1 t. dried basil

In a large dutch oven, heat the oil until it shimmers.  Add the meat and brown on both sides.  Add all the rest of the ingredients.  Bring to a boil & then cover & simmer all day.  I actually cover the pot & put in a 225 degree oven & cook all day.  If you'd rather, you can  put it in a slow cooker & cook on low all day.

When the meat is tender, take it out & put it on a cutting board to let cool until you can cut it up into bite-size portions.  Add back to the pot.  Take out the bay leaves.  Serve with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

I am sharing this with:

Mix It Up Monday!
Table Top Tuesday
Your Cozy Home Party
Wow Us Wednesday
Rock 'n Share Party
Full Plate Thursday
Thriving on Thursdays
Foodie Friday
Link & Greet Party
Seasonal Sundays


  1. What a fabulous recipe - full of flavor and goodness, so glad you found me - so I can now follow you! looking forward to lots more :)
    Mary x

  2. Hi Kitty,
    I've been looking for a good vegetable beef soup recipe. Your mom's looks perfect! I can't wait to try it. And, pot roast sounds like a good choice. Thanks for sharing your moms recipe.

  3. Kitty, this Stew looks so warm and comforting with lots of wonderful good for you addition's. This would have a delicious flavor. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. My family loves barley in soup, but for whatever reason, rarely have it. Thanks for the reminder about how wonderful this ingredient is. I love comfort food like this in the fall and winter time, not to mention I like having leftovers to eat for days. Any recipe that gives me a couple of days off from cooking is a winner! Thanks for sharing this hearty soup on the Your Cozy Home Party!


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