Beef and barley soup features two local Ontario ingredients: barley and beef, and is high in fibre!
Barley is often added to food like soup because it is a great source of additional fibre (1/2 cup of cooked pearled barley contains 2.0 grams of fibre). In a healthy diet, kids 1-8 years old require 19 grams of fibre per day, and kids 4-8 years old need 25 grams per day – so whatever you can do to get some fibre in your diet helps you to have a healthy balanced diet.
Yield: 10 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
- 1 cup carrots (chopped)
- 1 cup onions (chopped)
- 1 cup celery (chopped)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cups stewing beef (finely chopped)
- 6 cups water
- 6 cups beef broth
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- ½ cup dry pearl barley
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- In a large pot, cook onions, celery and carrots with the butter. Once the onions and celery are tender, about 6-8 minutes, stir in the beef.
- Cook, stirring often, until the beef is cooked. This should take another 6-8 minutes.
- Add the water, beef broth and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and stir in the remaining ingredients including the barley.
- Let the soup cook at a low rolling boil for 30-45 minutes. The barley should be fully cooked and the beef should be tender.