Beef Barley Soup

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  • 1 cup barley, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 rib eye steaks (about 1 pound each), trimmed of excess fat and cubed into bite-size pieces
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons flour, divided use
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning/dried herbs
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce / 411 gram) can diced tomatoes, drained of juices
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoons chopped parsley

Direction :

-Begin by preparing your barley according to package instructions; set aside once cooked.

-While the barley cooks, prepare the soup: place the cubed rib eye into a medium bowl, and sprinkle with a couple of good pinches of salt and pepper; sprinkle over 2 tablespoons of the flour, and toss to coat.

-Place a medium-large soup pot over high heat, and add in the butter and the olive oil; once melted and hot, add in beef cubes (work in two batches as to not overcrowd the pot) and allow it to sear on all sides until a golden crust forms, about 1-2 minutes; remove from pot and set aside. (Beef should be rare inside.)

-To the same pot, add in the diced onion, carrots and celery, and stir to saute for 2-3 minutes, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of pan for flavor; add in the Italian seasoning and the garlic, and stir until aromatic.

-Add in the tomato paste and stir to combine, followed by the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour, stirring that in as well.

-Add the beef broth, whisking all the while to keep the soup smooth, then add in the diced tomatoes.

-Bring the soup to a vigorous simmer, then cover and reduce the heat and allow the soup to simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.

-Turn off the heat, and add back into the pot the seared beef along with any juices, plus the peas and the parsley; allow the soup to sit for about 5 minutes to allow the beef to gently heat through and finish cooking to medium-rare.

-To serve, add about 1/2 cup cooked barley to individual bowls, ladle hot soup over top, and enjoy!

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