Beef Barley Shiitake Soup

This delightful recipe was given to me by a sweet couchsurfer from Washington State who, along with her husband, stayed with us a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time talking about food, baking, and her dream to start a bed and breakfast someday. After a quick search on the internet, I found that the recipe is from Woman's Day magazine. It's so delicious, I think this will be my new go-to recipe for beef stew. Enjoy! 

Beef Barley Shitake Soup 
Woman's Day November 2010 
Serves 4-6 
 1 teaspoon oil 
12 ounces lean beef cubes (or bison) for stew, cut into bite-size pieces 

Heat 1 tsp oil in a 5-quart pot over medium-high heat. If you want to get fancy, dry each cube of beef before cutting it to aid in browning. Add beef in 3 batches; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until browned. With slotted spoon, transfer beef to plate. If you use bison, the cooking time will be shorter. If you use a pound of beef (16 ounces), well, now you have some extra to nibble on while you wait for the soup to cook. 

2 teaspoons oil 
1 large onion, chopped 
2 large carrots, diced 

Add oil to pot. Sauté onion and carrots 3 minutes. 

12 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps sliced (I used half crimini mushrooms, since shiitakes are kind of pricey) 
2 tsp minced garlic 

Add mushrooms and garlic; sauté 3 minutes more. 

4 cups chicken broth (or 4 cups water with chicken bouillon added) 
2 cups water 
1/2 cup barley (not quick-cooking) 
3/4 tsp kosher salt, or to taste 
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 

Return beef to pot. Add broth, water, barley, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes or until meat and barley are tender. Season with salt to taste. 

Did you grow up eating beef stew? What made it special?


I didn’t have such a recipe. I have never used these ingredients together. Thanks for the interesting recipe. Your culinary posts can please fans of cooking.