Monday, December 15, 2014

Hearty Lentil-Barley Soup

I'm sorry that I've been slow again with posting recipes. Is it enough to say that I've been super relaxed busy?

6 cups beef broth
1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup cooked, shredded beef (optional)
1 cup quick-cooking pearled barley
1 cup lentils, cooked according to package directions
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste

Prepare lentils according to package directions. Bring the beef broth to a boil in a 6-8 quart pot. While lentils are simmering and the broth is heating; saute the vegetables (mushrooms, onions, carrots, and celery) in the olive oil in a medium saute pan for 5-7 minutes, stirring every minute or two. Once the broth is boiling, add the barley, sauteed vegetables, beef, lentils, diced tomatoes, sage, and red pepper. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.Season to taste with salt and pepper, start with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a dash of pepper, then go from there according to your taste. Just don't burn your tongue! Enjoy with some homemade bread, if desired!


  1. mmm perfect soup for cold weather!

    1. Soup is really great in cold weather, isn't it?! Thank you for visiting my blog!