Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

This recipe has been in my family for over fifty years. It is a hearty, stick-to-your ribs soup. The combination of the barley and the variety of vegetables gives it a wonderful flavor. Rye bread with this soup is a must in our family. It is very easy to make; takes some time, but worth the wait.

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We freeze it at times. It's not the same as fresh but still very good. If you are not sure if you like it frozen, freeze a small portion and taste it before freezing a large batch. Can also be cooked in a crock pot.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. chuck roast, trimmed/cut; bite size pieces or stewing beef
  • 1/2 cup barley, rinsed
  • (2) 15-oz. stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • (3) medium onions, diced
  • (1/2) head cabbage, chopped
  • (3) ribs celery, sliced
  • (3) medium white potatoes, diced
  • (3) carrots, diced
  • large rutabaga or (3) small turnips, cubed
  • large yam, cubed
  • 10 oz. pkg. frozen succotash
  • 10 oz. pkg. frozen vegetable mix
  • low salt beef broth/bouillon, optional
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

Directions:

Cover meat with water and bring to a slow boil in large stock pot; cover. Skim water of fat. Add stewed tomatoes and barley; simmer for half-hour.

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Add cabbage, simmer until almost done. Add remaining vegetables. Add more liquid if needed using broth/bouillon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer; covered, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until vegetables are tender. Add cider vinegar towards end of cooking time.

Suggestions:

If using beef bouillon, add water accordingly.

All vegetables can be cooked slightly to speed cooking time. I combine all the fresh vegetables with some water and slightly cook in the microwave. I do the same with the frozen vegetables. Add the extra liquid to the soup.

Or roast fresh vegetables and meat at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes before adding. Slightly cook frozen vegetables.

Add extra vegetables for a "stoup".

Servings: 8 or more
Time:30-45 Minutes Preparation Time
2 Hours Cooking Time

Source: My Mom's recipe.

By it's.only.me from NE PA

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