Beef Barley Soup

Irish Soup



1 pound chuck roast or other stew meat
1 onion
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 cups beef broth
1 bay leaf
⅓ cup pearl barley
¼ cup dried green split peas
1 teaspoon marjoram
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme
2 carrots
2 potatoes
1 tomato


Dutch oven
Makes 8 bowls. Takes 3 hours 30 minutes.


Cut chuck roast into ½” cubes. Dice onion. Add chuck roast and vegetable oil to Dutch oven. Sauté at medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until meat is completely browned. Stir occasionally. Add onion, beef broth, bay leaf, pearl barley, green split peas, marjoram, pepper, salt, and thyme. Bring to boil with high heat. Stir occasionally. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 1½ hours. Stir infrequently.

While beef, barley, and split peas simmer, dice carrots, potatoes, and tomato. Add carrot, potato, and tomato to Dutch oven. Cover. Simmer for 30 minutes or until chuck roast, pearl barley and split peas are tender. Stir infrequently.


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2 thoughts on “Beef Barley Soup

  1. italiadiva

    Will you be eating Irish Beef Barley Soup when the eclipse of the sun comes in August?

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