Old Fashioned Beef Barley Soup…

There’s nothing like home-made soup….I grew up with a mother who cooked great soups…I swear to god she could open up the fridge throw all the leftovers in and make creme-ala refrigerator soup and it would be amazing…So I made sure I knew how to make soup and gravy from her…and I can.  You will always be a star, or be remembered if you can fill someone’s belly with real good home cooking!

Someone begged pretty-please with all kinds of sugar on top for the recipe for the soup I posted on Instagram yesterday…here is a printable PDF of it.. old-fashioned-beef-barley-soup ..  You must let me know how it was if you make it…When I have it for lunch tomorrow I will take a pretty picture of it in the bowl and add it to this post…for now you get the soup in the pot on the stove…It’s the perfect soup to make after a day at the Farmer’s market!

Tomorrow I will post block 5 of MOC.  img_7827

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I live on a lake in beautiful Butte Des Morts, WI. I have three sons: Lance (forever 29), Luke 33, Jake 32, and two grand-babies, Little Man and O-Bug. I've been married to the love of my life Nick, since 1998 when we started our crazy adventure together! I am a quilter, rugger, and gardener. I also love to cook when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting and supporting Primitive Gathering Quilt Shop where I try to bring you the best Moda fabrics and wool projects anywhere!

25 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Beef Barley Soup…

  1. Thanks for sharing Lisa Once it starts to cool down i’ll have to give this a try beef barley has always been one of my favorite soups

  2. Lisa, I love that you are posting more and I am sure it will give you great success. Who doesn’t love a great recipe and a red and white quilt!! Paula in KY

  3. Lisa, I just want to thank you for this blog. I just love it. Really look forward to each post!!! And, I’m really loving The Magic of Christmas!!! You are the very best.

  4. I will be having a small group of ladies over in a couple of weeks just to spend some time quilting together. This will be our lunch! with some freshly baked bread. Thanks Lisa!

  5. When you say to fill the pot 3/4 full after browning the beef, do you mean to add water to make the pot 3/4 full? Otherwise, I don’t see in the recipe where you add any liquid. Thanks so much. Sheron

  6. Oh my gosh this looks so goods……….now if we can get some cooler weather down here in Texas. Thanks for sharing……..I love new ideas for food……..I’m thinking some hot rolls and all is good!!!!!!!

  7. Thank you Lisa. I guess I knew your mother. 🙂 The recipe I’ve used is nearly identical except I don’t put in cabbage. Yes, rutabaga is a MUST and so is beef base. I usually put the allspice in a little cheesecloth tied up. Hope things are getting cleaned up at the store. What a shame to have that happen! Somebody didn’t know what they were doing.

  8. I always end up with tough beef when I make a soup. What type/cut of beef roast do you use? Thanks for sharing. It sounds yummy!

    Unbelievable about your store. I hope things are back to normal. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop as to what was going on.

  9. Your mom was the most awesome cook when we stayed at the retreat house for the wool Christmas stocking class. Barefoot and nearly in the dark! This soup sounds great, I have never bought or cooked a rutabaga so hope I can find one! Also, so sorry about your shop mess, especially since you had remodeled. And thanks for saying those in Louisiana have it worse. My husband and I are Red Cross volunteers and we each have deployed to Louisiana this year and the problems there are so huge in scale.

  10. ooh the soup looks yummy and sure it is as well…waiting for cool days to get back to tummy-warming recipes like this…and loving the SAL! hope you don’t mind, but doing mine mod-ish as have to use what’s on hand…love your fabrics, tho and the mag article was terrific!

  11. Looks delish! Waiting for cooler weather so I can make all that great “comfort” food! did I miss block 5? just checking! lol

  12. I love to cook. I am making your soup tomorrow, love a good hardy soup and I got all my ingredients this morning. Soups with root vegetables are so good, have a wonderful earthy flavor to them. Thanks for sharing this one with us. Christmas blocks are so pretty haven’t started mine yet.

  13. Thanks for the great recipe! Looking forward to “soup weather.” Do you have anymore to share? Sharon Z.

  14. I have to say, the beef barley soup was a hit. We all worked hard that day outside and every time someone would walk in the house they would say they couldn’t wait till dinner it smelled so good. My 90 year old dad had two large bowls of the soup and I sent some home with him. He was very happy.

  15. Dear Lisa I made the soup, which reminds me of my great grandmother recipe, It was delish! Many comments from the family, they loved it!. I have one question though? I put the whole clove in the soup closer to when I added the cabbage. When do you put the cloves in and how many cloves do you put in the tea ball? I filled the tea ball half full. P.S. Thanks for bringing back a childhood memory. My Great Grandma would bake fresh bread served with butter and an apple pie for desert! She also made her crust with lard and you can’t beat her crust!

  16. I’m making your soup recipe today and it smells so good!! Making it reminds me of my granny. She lived in Michigan and would come south for the winter. She always quilted at least one quilt while she was here. A quilting frame hung from eye-hooks in our living room and she would quilt on that. On Mondays she always put on a pot of soup, then started quilting. Immersed in her quilting, she would call out to me to add this or that to the soup pot – what was an interruption to me at the time resulted in me learning to cook her delicious soup. She always told me celery leaves, cabbage, turnips and okra are a must for a good pot of beef soup – so similar to your soup. Thanks for the recipe – and the sweet memories it evoked.

  17. Made this last week but didn’t have the Tone’s Beef Base so used beef broth instead. It was good but I ordered the Tone’s from Amazon and made it again today. I can see why you use it – much better with the Tone’s.
    Thanks for the great recipe.

  18. Hi Lisa! I made your beef barley soup today. It is awesome! I was worried about the rudabaga and while allspice. But you where right it worked out great! Thanks so much for sharing your Moms recipe. I am taking some over to my Mom tomorrow

  19. Hi Lisa, Thank you for sharing this recipe. Both my Mom and I love beef barley soup! I just share your recipe with her, I know she is going to love it! I do have one question–what type of barley do you use in your soup?
    My Mom said probably pearl barley. Let me know. Thanks again, Pam

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