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Beef and Barley Stew Recipe

Updated on December 8, 2012

Beef and Barley Stew (Casserole, if you prefer)

This quick and easy beef and barley stew tastes great and is filling as well. All the goodness of beef, mushrooms, barley and fresh vegetables to warm you up on a chilly winter evening.

You can make it in an hour and it refrigerates or freezes well so you can make it now and serve later if you choose.

Ingredients for Beef and Barley Stew

600g chopped (or minced) beef

1 large onion, chopped fine

1 clove garlic, chopped fine

375g sliced mushrooms

4 cups beef stock

250g pearl barley, rinsed

250g sliced carrots

250g baby peas

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

A pinch each of ground cinnamon and nutmeg

Looks good, tastes great!

Looks good, tastes great!
Looks good, tastes great!

Method for Beef and Barley Stew

Using a lightly oiled medium sized saucepan, brown the meat over a moderate. Add the onion and garlic and stir until lightly cooked. Add the mushrooms and cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Add the beef stock, barley, carrots, parsley and peas,then bring to the boil. Reduce heat and add the thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Uncover and cook until the barley is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about another 15 minutes. Adjust the salt and pepper to tase. Serve in a bowl with freshly baked bread and enjoy.

The recipe refrigerates well so any leftovers can be stored or frozen to be eaten later.

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    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      It's been so long since I've had beef and barley stew. It sounds delicious.

    • Simeyc1 profile image

      Simeyc1 8 years ago

      Barley sounds like a nice addition...I add Guinness to mine!!!

    • rebeccahiatt profile image

      rebeccahiatt 9 years ago

      Add this to my Santoku knife lens, sounds tasty.

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      jfield 9 years ago

      Rolled this to my stew lens. Yum!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I make a vegetarian version of this with lots of mushrooms. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.