Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 1, 2010

So what seems like yesterday, but was almost a year ago, I made a Mushroom and Barley Soup.  I remember it well. Because of its taste, and the ease in making it.

So I’m minding my own business in the kitchen, getting dinner ready while the kids are playing in the playroom. When I hear some squealing from the room behind the kitchen…which houses my newly reorganized stockpile.

Uh. Oh.

More squealing. (How’d he get in there.  I didn’t even see him go by.)

At the moment that I first heard the squealing I had just finished cutting the beef for the stew off of the chuck roast. Hands were covered in raw meat, so my first stop had to be the sink for a quick wash up. And it was quick!

Still more squealing. And maybe a little giggle.

As

I rounded

the corner into

the back room,

I found…

Wait for it.

Wait for it.

This.

Adorable.

Little.

Monkey.

Playing.

In raw oatmeal.

(The camera was within arms reach, and since he wasn’t trying to eat the raw oatmeal, I grabbed it to capture the moment!)

So apparently in my reorganizing, I placed the already opened large can of oats on the bottom shelf. I thought it was closed. Doh!

Somebody showed me otherwise.

Tyler has recently taken up the art of walking. He’s quite efficient since taking his first “official” steps just 3 weeks ago. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the 2 older brothers he has to keep up with. (Nothing at all!)

So while I’m in the middle of cutting the meat for the soup, he wandered through into the back room to play. It’s baby code.

You know the code…where they poop right after you change their diaper. Or when they start screaming or squirming right before the photographer says CHEESE. So much for Christmas photocards this year!

It’s like they know.

Back to the beef.

This is the rest of the chuck roast after I cut off the meat for the soup. I seasoned it with some lemon pepper, and added a smidge of lemon juice and olive oil. Beef roast with red potatoes, carrots, celery and onion (similar to this one) is in our future.

This is the meat that I cut off of the 2.5 lb. chuck roast from last week’s shopping trip. Brown the beef cubes on all sides with the red onion and garlic.

Stir in the beef broth and mushrooms and bring to boil.

Once bubbling, add the barley and cook at a rolling boil for about 20 minutes, or until barley is cooked.

Garnish with fresh parsley. (I have a tiny bit left, hanging on in the garden.)

Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup

Ingredients

  • About 1 lb. beef cubes, cut from chuck roast, or beef for stew ($2.50)
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped ($.25)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • 1 15 oz can mushrooms, drained ($.99)
  • 2 cups homemade beef broth (I used the last from the freezer!)
  • 2.5 cups water (Use however much you need to get the “soup-i-ness” that you want)
  • 1/2 cup pearled barley ($.25)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley to garnish (optional)
  • Homemade Bread from the freezer ($.25)
  • 15 oz. can corn ($.50) On sale several weeks ago for $.50/can…and its on sale again!  Time to restock!

Directions

  • Brown the sides of the beef cubes in a large saucepan with red onion and crushed garlic.  Once all sides have browned, add the beef broth and water.
  • Bring to a boil, then add the pearled barley.  Let cook at a rolling boil for 20 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Prepare rolls, or pull bread from the freezer.
  • Warm corn as directed on the can.
  • Serve Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup with bread and corn.

    Cost $4.84

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    FoodontheTable November 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    This looks so delicious! It will be great on cool winter nights… we’re not quite there yet in Austin.

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    Lesley November 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I made beef barely soup tonight too!! :o)

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    Crystal from Cincinnati November 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I buy dried veggies in bulk from several sources, but wanted to share the idea of putting a handful of dried diced zucchini (or fresh if you have it) into this soup….I buy it from Harmony House (www.harmonyhouse.com), it comes in a food-storage jug, and it’s perfect to add some green veg into soups! Even a handful of dried spinach flakes works well! I sneak veggies in all the time and my kids eat them and never know it.

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    Kristia@Family Balance Sheet November 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    You have quite the mess in your pantry. It’s a good thing he is cute.

    Thanks for the link-up.

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    Karen Han November 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    aw man, this reminds me of oxtail soup. :(

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    David November 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Oxtail…yum. Should that be :-) :-D

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy November 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    This looks great! Isn’t it nice to have a helper to tell you that the oatmeal is open?

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    Allison November 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Baby in the oatmeal! That is so cute. The soup looks good too. I’ll keep it in mind for when it gets cooler.

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    Alea November 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Oh my, he is too cute!

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    LisaE November 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

    This soup looks great but I would leave out the mushrooms and add diced eggplant or winter squash….or both! Yum….

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    Christina November 3, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Hi, I just want to make aware to all those who are following a gluten-free diet that barley is one of those grains that contains the protein gluten. Therefore, it is not gluten-free. However, this recipe may be good with quinoa, an ancient grain that is high in protein. Thanks and all the best.

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    Grace November 4, 2010 at 9:51 am

    What an adorable picture of your baby. Just makes you smile to see the mischief in his face. I have not made beef and barley soup in years. Will have to give it a try soon.

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    Stephanie November 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    This looks great…except for the fact that barley is not gluten free. Maybe it’s a mistake that it was listed under gluten free recipes.

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    Bakinghomesteader November 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

    This recipe should be removed from the Gluten Free list. It is NOT GLUTEN FREE. Could be dangerous for new Celiacs that don’t realize barely is a grain that contains gluten….

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