Beef and Barley Soup

The cold and rainy weather has hit hard lately so here is one of my favourite hearty soups to warm the soul. I love the rich combination of beef and barley and the fresh flavours of parsley. I promise it will warm you up:) Enjoy!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes plus soaking of the barley
1 cup pearl barley
1.5 litres beef stock
1 carrot, sliced
3 spring onions, sliced
270g corn kernels
3 sticks celery
250g beef fillet, thinly sliced
¼ cup parsley, chopped

1.     Place barley in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight then drain. (Note: If you don’t have time to soak the barley, you will have to increase the cooking time in step 2 to 35 minutes.)

2.     Place stock in a large saucepan. Add barley and bring to the boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Add carrot, spring onions, corn, celery and beef and cook a further 3-5 minutes.

3.     Stir through parsley and serve with wholegrain crusty bread, if desired.

Serves 4