- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 medium yellow onion, medium dice
- 2 medium carrots, medium dice
- 1 stalk celery, medium dice
- 6 cups beef stock or low-sodium beef broth
- 1/4 cup pearl barley, rinsed
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- torn fresh basil or Italian parsley leaves for garnish, optional
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and season generously with salt and pepper. Brown evenly, then remove from pot with a slotted spoon.
- Add remaining tablespoon of oil. Once shimmering add onion and cook until translucent. Add carrots and celery and season with salt and pepper. Cook until onions start to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup of the stock and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add remaining stock, beef, barley, and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook, covered, until meat is tender about an hour.
- Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Remove thyme stems and serve with a sprinkling of herbs if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 935mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 45g