Hearty Beef Soup

Nourish, Soup, Uncategorized | October 22, 2015 | By

“Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living.  For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.”
by Louis P. De Gouy

Is it fall where you are?  If so, this Hearty Beef Soup needs to be on your menu and in your tummy!  I have a hard time making and serving soups when it’s 95° and 95% humidity outside, but as soon as the cool and crisp weather of fall arrives, you can find soup on our table at least once a week.beef-barley-soup-1

With our daughter a quick 2.5 hours away in college, we have made several up and backs this fall to celebrate her birthday and to bring her to or from school for break.  These quick trips usually have us arriving back home mid to late afternoon, so I’ve put my slow cooker to good use so that dinner is ready when we return home.  Here in southeastern North Carolina it seems like fall really arrived this past weekend, so I was hankering for a good soup for our Sunday dinner.  This nourishing hearty beef soup is full of the rich flavor that is often lacking when just using beef broth.  Searing the stew meat as well as some beef shanks, really ups the flavor and heartiness of this outstanding and nourishing soup.  Adding dried porcini mushrooms gives it the earthiness that I look for in a beef soup.

I cut the stew meat into small, half-inch to one-inch pieces for two reasons: more surface area to sear thereby adding extra flavor and the smaller pieces ensures that they’ll cook enough to be tender.

Hearty Beef Soup
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces
  2. 2-3 pounds beef shanks, excess fat cut off
  3. 8 cups beef broth or water or a combination
  4. 15 ounces tomato sauce
  5. 1/2 cup red wine
  6. 2 onions, diced
  7. 2 stalks of celery, diced
  8. 2 carrots, diced
  9. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  10. 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, chopped by hand or in food processor
  11. 2 bay leaves
  12. 1 tsp marjoram
  13. 1 cup kidney beans that have been soaked overnight.
  14. Salt and pepper to taste
  15. Olive oil to brown meat
  16. Cooked barley (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in heavy pan, I used my large cast iron skillet.
  2. With heat at medium high to high, working in batches sear your cubes of stew meat until browned on all sides, adding oil as necessary.
  3. Put stew meat in your slowcooker or in a heavy pot if you are using your stove top.
  4. Adding oil if necessary, brown your shanks on all sides.
  5. Place shanks in slowcooker or pot
  6. Add remaining ingredients and cook in slowcooker on LOW for 9-10 hours or on the stovetop on simmer for 2-3 hours.
  7. If cooking on stovetop, you may need to add some additional liquid if it evaporates.
  8. If gluten is not an issue, add some to your soup as desired. I try to avoid unnecesarry gluten and it is plenty hearty without the barley.
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Serve this delicious, filling and nourishing soup with a salad and bread (for the bread eaters out there) for a complete meal.  beef-barley-soup-1-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Rachel
    October 27, 2015

    This soup would be perfect on this rainy cold day. I like that it can be made in the crock pot.

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      lynn
      October 27, 2015

      Rachel, it is cold and rainy here too. In fact notice you’re in the Triangle…I’m in Wilmington, so our weather is not too different. Up in your neck of the woods often with my daughter at Chapel Hill. Love it up there. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the soup.
      Lynn

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    Paula
    October 28, 2015

    Hi Lynn!
    I have been looking at your blog tonight and I LOVE it! You have some awesome DIY’s and recipes. Thank you for sharing them and your life with us! I would love to receive your emails but I’m unable to subscribe. I only have my phone, right now, to use online and your subscription box is not showing up. If you could sign me up using my email addy that I provided here I would really appreciate it. If you cannot do this, please contact me and let me know how I can, if I can subscribe. Thank you for a fantabulous blog and for your help! Paula

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      lynn
      October 28, 2015

      Good Morning Paula, I will gladly sign you up and thanks for pointing out that my mobile site is not allowing for that…Hmmm….need to figure that out. I really appreciate your very kind message and encouraging words and hope that you will continue to find enjoyment from them. Wishing you a great day!?

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        Paula
        October 28, 2015

        Thank you so much for all your help Lynn. I really appreciate it!

        I can hardly wait to make this soup. Normally I do not like shopping at all, especially grocery shopping! This week, I find myself looking forward to it, I have so many new things to try!? Thank you for the delicious recipes AND I love that you are also sharing crafting and recycling/upcycling ideas with us!? I hope you have an awesome evening! Paula

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    Sarah @ 2paws Designs
    October 28, 2015

    This looks delicious! I love making soups on fall & winter days. Easy, tasty and warms us up. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      lynn
      October 28, 2015

      Hi Kate, I’ve got to admit that it is perfect for a cold rainy day. Hope you enjoy it!

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      lynn
      October 28, 2015

      Thanks Kate, it really is just perfect for a cool fall day. I hope you enjoy it!

      Lynn

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    Trish
    October 29, 2015

    Now you’re talking my language! I love my slow-cooker and get so excited finding new recipes. This looks and sounds delicious! If I try it, I’ll share my pics with you. 🙂

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      lynn
      October 29, 2015

      Thanks Trish! I love mine as well, aren’t they great?! Please do share your pics, love to see them! Enjoy!

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    chellie
    December 30, 2015

    Lynn this looks delicious! We finally have snow here in the mitten and this looks like the perfect dish to warm me up! Thanks for your tips on making the broth more rich.

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      lynn
      December 30, 2015

      Hi Chellie, I hope you enjoy it. We’re actually having leftover Beef Soup tonight, and you know soup is always better the second night.

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 2, 2016

    This is right up my alley. I love to warm up from the inside out and this would also satisfy my husbands love for beef, while I sneak in as many veggies as I can! LOL I am pinning this so I can pull it up at the grocery! Thanks for sharing the recipe it’s going into our soup rotation!

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      lynn
      January 2, 2016

      Hey Nikki, I just made it again this past week and while still delish, think it’s really best if made in a slow cooker if possible. Enjoy it! It really is hearty, nourishing and satisfying…one of those dishes that you know is doing your body good. Have a great rest of your weekend.

      Lynn

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    Marie from The Interior Frugalista
    January 5, 2016

    I could use a nice warm bowl of this soup right about now. It’s VERY cold here in the Canadian Prairies today. Thanks for the recipe – pinned to share and make when time permits!

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      lynn
      January 5, 2016

      Hi Marie, winter FINALLY arrived here in the US Southeast, and it came with a vengeance. This soup is just perfect for a cold winter night. It is just so hearty and nourishing. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
      Happy New Year, Lynn

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