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Beef Barley Soup with Roasted Vegetables

 Beef Barley Soup with Roasted Vegetables
The beauty of this soup is that you can roast the vegetables separately in the oven while it's simmering away. Then I simply add them in during the last minutes on the stovetop. I love that the roasted vegetables keep their own bright flavors that add to this earthy bowl of warmth. —Gayla Scott, West Jefferson, North Carolina
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound beef stew meat (3/4-inch cubes)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large portobello mushroom, stem removed, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt and pepper; sprinkle over beef
  • and toss to coat. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil over

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Beef Barley Soup with Roasted Vegetables (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • medium heat. Add beef; brown evenly. Remove from the pan.
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the
  • mushroom, onion and fennel; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until
  • tender. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add stock and water,
  • stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Return beef to pan. Bring
  • to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 40-60 minutes or until
  • meat is tender.
  • Meanwhile, place the squash, potato and carrots on a greased 15-in. x
  • 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; drizzle with remaining oil and toss to
  • coat. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are
  • almost tender, stirring twice.
  • Add barley, thyme, nutmeg and roasted vegetables to soup; return to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until
  • barley is tender. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings (3
  • quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 339 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 855 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 20 g protein.