Ground Beef, Barley Vegetable Soup; winter soups and winter

Soup.

I like soup.

I like soups and stews and gravy and foods with lots of sauce.

Mon mari likes grilled meat, potatoes or rice with butter and steamed vegetables.

I’m changing him, slowly…..

In the meantime I take advantage of being on my own by making a big pot of my favorite soup, whatever that happens to be at the time…. Usually it involves cleaning out the fridge.

Lest you live in the balmy Midwestern US and are wondering why I’m thinking soup:

Snow

This was the view from my window this morning.

For the record, we don’t get snow; and if we do it’s a ‘light dusting’ that is gone by noon.

Does this look like a light dusting to you?

More like 4″ (10cm) of ‘partly cloudy’.

Snow_table
The puppies were a bit uncertain about the white stuff.

When I opened the door this morning to let them out, they each put a tentative paw in the snow, then jumped and started backing across the room.  A firm knee under the tail encouraged them to take the plunge.  After a few minutes of pussy-footing around they finally decided snow was fun.

Lots and lots of fun.

They’ve been hell-on-paws all day.

As to the soup, snow-y winter days require soup.

Here are a few of my favorites, and, from a serious soup lover, recommendations are not to be taken lightly….

Onion Soup (of course it’s French)

French Onions Soup

Minestrone

Minestrone

 Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

Lentil and Chorizo Soup

Lentil_soup


Chicken Barley Soup

Chickenbarleysoup2

Meatball Tomato Soup

Soup_meatball

When I lived in the US I would get beef short ribs to make the stock for beef-based  soups.

I didn’t want to bother….

Sometimes, I just want to cook and eat, the easy way.

Sometimes, I need to clean out the fridge.

This is what went into MY soup.

Ground Beef and Barley SoupGround Beef, Barley and Vegetable Soup

16oz (500gr) ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
8oz (250gr) green beans, cut into small lengths
1/3 Savoy cabbage, roughly chopped
1 cup chickpeas
2 cups (15oz, 450gr) chopped red tomatoes (from my freezer)
2 cups (15oz, 450gr) chopped yellow tomatoes (from my freezer)
1 cup quick-cooking barley
4 – 5 cups water
2 – 3 tbs beef stock paste or powder or (in my case) little pot of beef stock concentrate
1 tbs olive oil

Heat the oil in a soup pot.  Add the beef and brown, breaking it up.  As you chop the vegetables, add them to the pot.  When the beef is brown and onions tender. add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender. 

See how easy soup is?

Start to finish, this took 45 minutes…. and fed me, very happily, for almost a week.

9 thoughts on “Ground Beef, Barley Vegetable Soup; winter soups and winter”

  1. Oh I love the view of undisturbed snow on tables and chairs and precariously balancing on branches… we had the same view until my human puppies went out and decided snow was fun!
    Hm craving onion soup now. Yesterday we had the very Dutch split pea soup. Very appropriate.

  2. Katie,
    So glad that, this year, you got the snow and not me. You’ll remember that this time last year we didn’t get a piddly 4″, we were digging out from 4 FEET, that came down overnight!
    Hope you’re not home alone very much longer.
    Cheers,
    Chuck

  3. I hope the fur-kids were not hell-on-clean-floors after they came bouncing back in from their snow-day. That Ground Beef, Barley and Vegetable Soup looks like it could just about fit the bill here when temps plummet into the 50s F.

  4. Baking Soda, Split Pea – love it…. The snow was pretty – would have been more appreciated if I didn’t know it was going to last 2 weeks.
    Chuck, but you’re prepared for it – we don’t have snow plows! (or shovels or snow blowers or proper boots) This is why we left MN….
    Zoomie, It was pretty… no longer is LOL
    Nuria, you having snow is even worse than us having snow…. Although I have seen snow in Barcelona, myself… didn’t last though..,. This is!
    Priscilla, you can have ours 😉
    Dan, clean floors? That’s not going to happen until it dries out – which now will be after the snow melts. Our temps are NOT supposed to go below 50F At the moment it’s 14F We are not pleased.
    manningroad, even when I was young and single I would make big pots of soup for the freezer – almost all I ate when I was on my own.

  5. I’m searching around the net just to get a good recipe such like this.
    Thanks on your post!..

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