Recipe by Martha Dibblee
"We are remodeling the kitchen and getting very hungry for food again so I got out the slow cooker and made this soup. It's perfect when you do not have a lot of time. Since you can get soup bones that contain little fat, this soup is nearly fat-free. When the soup is cooled there is no visible fat at the surface."
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beef soup bones
ground black pepper
'bouqet garni' spice balls
could use more information on the "spice bag"what spices are in the spice bag.
I agree that the bouquet garini spice ball reference was vague. So I googled it and there is a website called Sara's Secrets that gives great ideas for what spices to use.
This was a tasty and filling. I changed it by using the beef cubes for stew instead of dealing with the bones. That one change saved me a lot of time.
Could be a good slow-cooker version, but I think the soup bones need the traditional browning and slow-roasting to really extract all the flavor and make this a great recipe.
Next time, I will just use beef broth from a can and put the barley in it. This recipe, I think, was unnecessarily time consuming. Tasty, though.
I REALLY like this soup. It's a perfect meal for a busy, chilly day. I made some alterations, not because I thought it needed it, just because I didn't have everything on hand. Instead of making a bouquet garni, I just added 1t of thyme and 2 bay leaves along with the parsley. I didn't have any barley on hand, so I simply added 1/2 c. of quinoa. SUPER good. Next time I won't add as much salt. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe! Even my kids lapped it up! : )
One of the best soups that I have made. I omitted the garlic, but it was still good with the other seasonings. Also, I added more beef to mine.
Though this recipe doesn't take much in the way of preparation, it does not make for a quick fix. The slow cooker method took way too long. It ended up taking me two days with my busy schedule to make this recipe. Then after the long wait, I didn't find it all that appetizing. I do not reccomend this recipe.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Beef and Barley Soup I
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 58
** Calories from Fat: 3
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