I found myself with leftover prime rib from Christmas dinner. That rarely happens. I thought about using the meat to make a vegetable beef soup, but finally settled on Leftover Prime Rib Soup with Barley. It was a good call. This soup gets it kick from the garlic and thyme, which add much needed flavor to the otherwise bland ingredients.
This recipe is perfect for using leftover prime rib, beef tenderloin, beef roast, or even steak. If I were making this without leftover beef, I would chop beef chuck into medium pieces, sear it in olive oil, and cook it along with the barley, which takes 45 minutes to an hour.
The prime rib was already cooked, so I added it towards the end so as not to dry it out. It was perfect!
Try this the next time you find yourself with leftover beef. You won't regret it.
Rustic Beef and Barley Soup
- Large soup pot
- 6 ounces leftover beef cubed
- 1 ½ cup pearled barley
- 32 ounce package beef stock not beef flavored stock
- 2 - 3 large cloves garlic pressed
- 1 medium sweet yellow onion diced
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 large carrot diced
- ¼ cup tomato ketchup
- ½ cup frozen green peas
- Dash of gravy browning liquid like Kitchen Bouquet or Gravy Magic for color
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Fresh Chopped Parsley
- To a large pot add two cups water, one cup beef stock and the pearled barley. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low.
- Add the garlic, onion and thyme. Cook on low heat for 45 to 60 minutes until the barley is cooked but still has a little chew to it.
- Add additional beef stock, one cup at a time as the liquid is absorbed. Do not add more water. The final flavor should come from the beef stock.
- Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Add the carrots and ketchup and cook until the carrots are just tender, not mushy.
- Add the beef, frozen peas, browning liquid, salt, pepper and fresh parsley. Cook an extra minute or two.
- Serve piping hot with cheese shards if you like. Make sure you have bread for dunking. Enjoy!
Approximate nutrition information is provided as a convenience and courtesy only. You are encouraged to do your own calculations if precise data is required.