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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Beef and barley soup

This beef and barley soup was really 'beefy', almost like an oxtail soup. I would estimate this lunch at around 450 calories at most.
We made the beef stock on Sunday; placing left over roast beef bones and scraps into a large pot, covering with water and stock vegetables and left it to simmer for an hour or so.
Today I used half the stock (one litre) to make this soup. Preparation took around 10 minutes and cooking 30 minutes. See our recipe below.
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Ingredients - serves 4
left over beef
1 ltr stock
1 ltr water
2 onions
1 celery stick
2 carrots
2 medium new or waxy potatoes
handful of pearl barley (I used 40g of dried)
2 bay leaves
teaspoon thyme (dried or fresh)
Before you start chopping the vegetables, place the pearl barley into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil for around 10 minutes (which is as long as it took for me to chop the vegetables). Use whatever vegetables you like - if you have some swede, turnip etc, why not add those too? Chop all the vegetables to about the same size. I was in a hurry, so chose smaller dice for mine. Place the stock/water into a large saucepan, add the vegetables, pearl barley, herbs and salt/pepper. Bring to the boil then simmer for around 15 minutes (if using small diced vegetables). Remove around 200g of the mix and blend with a stick blender and return to the soup. This will help thicken the soup. Add chopped pieces of cooked beef and cook for a further 10-15 minutes.
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