This is, hands down, my favorite go-to soup recipe and by far my most requested! It SO easy, SO cheap and SO filling that it’s hard to believe that it tastes SO amazing! The cooked barley gives the broth a thicker texture and it turns out closer to stew than soup.
I was in one of our local restaurants several days ago for dinner, and as we walked through the maze of seats to get to our table, I noticed a stocky teenage boy (who should have been playing football if he doesn’t already), chowing down on a massive, juicy steak. He was across the table from the proverbial blond cheerleader who was munching steadily on her lettuce and lettuce salad. Yep. Just lettuce. with some lettuce on the side.
Now let me first say: I’ve never been blond. nor a cheerleader.
second: when I went on dates, if he was paying, I got the steak.
Why waste my time eating something so devoid of nutritive value (ie: iceberg lettuce) to only find myself ravenously hungry 45 minutes later (and definitely not if steak is an option!)? The point of eating isn’t just to get FULL, but to truly FEED your body and give it the vitamins, minerals, fats and enzymes that it’s CRAVING.
And this soup does just that, which is why it has become a staple in our home! And as a bonus, there are ways to adapt this meal to be grain free and dairy free!
So take a look and add this to your menu soon!
Beef, Barley and Lentil Soup (serves 6-8 large portions)
(scroll down for soaking options, dairy and grain free options)
brown the hamburger and onion together in the butter, until the hamburger has crumbled and is mostly brown and the onions are transparent.
To the pot add:
And that’s it! Simmer the soup on low heat for 1-1.5 hours, or until the grains are cooked through and the veggies are tender. Just before serving, add in the tomatoes (juice and all) and mix, sneaking a few bites to make sure you have enough salt and pepper. (You can double-dip if it’s your own family. no worries.) This is also one of those meals that is even better the next day, and is perfect for a quick lunch!
what’s on at your house tonight?
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