Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Big Pot of Comfort~Beef, Barley, and Mushroom Soup

I don't bring many food items from the States to Jordan anymore as more things are available here now and the baggage allowance has been reduced. Two carefully chosen items for transport, barley and dried porcini mushrooms, are needed for this favorite soup recipe and it was one of the first things I made upon our return to Jordan. If you need a good, inexpensive source for dried mushrooms (not to mention lots of dried fruit, nuts, etc.), check out Nuts Online. They offer the best price--by far--that I have found on porcini mushrooms.

This recipe can easily be halved. I like to have lots of leftover soup--we make a dinner of it one or two nights and still have leftovers for lunches.

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom Soup
  • 1 1/2 cups dried porcini mushrooms, soaked for 30 minutes in 3 cups hot water.
  • oil
  • 1 1/2-2 lbs beef, cut into small pieces (I used topside which was already sliced thinly.)
  • 4 ribs celery
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 12-16 oz mushrooms, finely chopped (that is how we like them but you could slice them if you'd like)
  • 1 1/2 cups barley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
In a large pot brown the beef in a bit of oil. Add onions, celery, and carrots and cook until just softened. Add the chopped fresh mushrooms and continue cooking until softened. Blend the dried mushroom mixture in the blender and add to the pot. Add approximately 16 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the barley and seasonings. Cover and let simmer 45-60 minutes. (This soup thickens quite a bit so you may have to add more water as it cooks.--as always with soup, adjust liquid and seasonings.)

1 comment:

Jodi said...

Hooray! I know what I'm making for dinner tonight. Thanks, Melissa!