Mother Dearest’s Beef Barley Soup

January 13th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , ,

Ahhh, talk about a soup you can stand your spoon up in and have it “stick to the ribs” on a cold winter’s day. Mmmmmm. This is the one. As I’ve said before studies show that having soup at meals is a proven diet strategy. Not only does it taste terrific, but begins helping you feel full before your main meal. This creation is a perfect stand alone dinner, heats up well for lunch and freezes swimmingly. That’s why I haul out my soup cauldron to make a big batch!!




beef brisket

3-5 washed, peeled carrots

4-5 washed, celery stocks

2-3 peeled, whole onions

1-2 beef bouillon cube

pot barley


I use a big honkin’ pot to make my soup in. Like I say, why not make a bigger batch and freeze some while you’re making mess. My soup pot is 10 inches (25cm) in diameter (across) and 7 inches (18cm) high. Ok, so in this pot I sprinkle salt at the bottom, plunk in a piece of 2 of beef brisket and fill the pot with water, to about 3 inches from the top. Now put it on your element on high and bring in to a boil.

In the meantime prepare all of your vegetables (carrots, celery and onions). When the pot is boiling vigorously remove the foam off the top until there is no more left. This may take some time, but make sure you do it. Now add in your prepped veggies, plus your bouillon. If your fluid level is too high, you may pour some out. Add in the barley. Allow to boil for 1-2 hours.

Once you turn off the element, remove everything from the pot except the stock and barley, then allow to cool. Cut your carrots into coins and slice the cooked onion and add these back to the pot. Remove the meat from brisket bone in small pieces and add that back to the pot. Discard the celery because it’s so stringy.


I remember Mother Dearest telling me to put the barley in a bowl and soak it the day before then rinse and toss in the pot. I leave out this step because I like mine thicker. In all honesty I’ve put too much barley in at times and it looks like porridge…  I don’t think that’s what you’d want, so err on the side of less because after it’s cooked it expands even more and thickens up. I wasn’t kidding when I said the spoon stands up on it’s own…truly!! Enjoy :-)

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