Pennsylvania Dutch people take advantage of their gardens whenever possible, and this easy version of a classic hearty Amish Beef Barley soup is chock full of veggies for a healthy stick-to-your-ribs main dish soup.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
3 carrots, coarsely diced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, not drained
8 cups beef broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup quick-cooking pearl barley
Cooking Time: 1 hr
1. In a soup pot, heat oil over high heat. Add beef, onion, mushrooms, and carrots and saute 6 to 8 minutes, or until they begin to brown. Add diced tomatoes including the liquid, beef broth, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until beef is tender.
2. Add barley and simmer an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until barley is tender. Serve immediately.