Beef, Barley & Mushroom Soup

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It’s Seriously Soup day today, featuring one of my favorite bloggers, Serena, who authors a blog called Seriously Soupy.  Serena started Seriously Soupy as a creative outlet for herself after her first daughter was born, which combined her passion for cooking with an interest in learning more about soups and soup making.  Since it started, she has given soup tours and taught soup classes and has a catalog of over 100 soups on the site!  You can join Serena on her Soupy journey at and twice a month you can find her here, at My Judy the Foodie, sharing her wisdom and helping demystify the world of soup.

Here’s what Serena has to say:

After making an easy meat stock I wanted to create a new soup with savory beef. Beef barley instantly came to mind since this was a soup I had enjoyed numerous times, but actually hadn’t made myself. Using the rich flavors from the stock, I added in some sage, parsley, thyme, barley, mushrooms and the meat I saved from the first batch of stock.

Since the flavors were already extracted from the stock, all it really needed in the end was some salt and pepper. I also found that the barley soaked up a lot of the liquid so I had to add more water towards the end. A delicious and comforting soup that even my picky three-old-year enjoyed. Even better? I have another 4 cups of stock left to try another experiment with this savory and economical soup.

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