Beef Stew Recipe with Barley and Certified Angus Beef®

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Barley is a healthy whole grain that is high in protein and high in fiber. Barley contains insoluble fiber, which reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. Since Marty has Type 2 diabetes and a history of colon cancer in his family, I have been working on ways to add healthy foods to his diet. Since Marty is a VERY fussy eater, this is proving to be a bit of a challenge.  Thankfully, this beef stew recipe with barley is something that is both healthy and delicious.

I was asked to create two beef stew recipes for you using Certified Angus Beef®.  The first recipe I created was the Hearty Beef Stew and this beef stew recipe with barley is the second.

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Beef Stew Recipe with Barley

Yields 6

Beef Stew Recipe with Barley

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 2 1/2 lb Certified Angus Beef sirloin tip, cut into 1 1/2-in chunks
  • 1 lb crimini or button mushrooms, cleaned
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, rough chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp or large pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 4 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 450F
  2. Add mushrooms, spinach, garlic, tomato paste, thyme and oregano to food processor. Pulse lightly until vegetables are roughly diced and mixture comes together.
  3. Pat cubed meat with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture; this helps beef brown when seared. Season beef with salt. In large Dutch oven or pot on medium-high heat, add one tbsp olive oil. Working in bathches so as not to crowd the pot, brown beef a few minutes on each side. With slotted spoon, remove browned beef and reserve.
  4. Add remaining olive oil to Dutch oven, and then the diced onion, carrots and celery. Saute for 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and add mushroom mixture, mixing well with wooden spoon. Place meat back in pan; then add the broth (liquid should cover meat and vegetables). Add bay leaf, cover pot and place in lower part of oven. Cook for 40 minutes.
  5. While beef is stewing, add barley and 2 cups water to a medium pot. Bring barley and water to a boil; lower heat and simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Strain any excess liquid.
  6. After 40 minutes, remove pot from oven and stir cooked barley into stew. Return pot to oven so stew can continue to cook 10 more minutes, or if time permits, up to an hour. The longer the stew cooks, the more tender the beef will become.
  7. Serve stew in a shallow bowl and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

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The Certified Angus Beef® brand logo means that the beef has met ten standards for premium quality, including abundant marbling. Marbling is the little white flecks within the red meat. These melt during cooking, basting beef from the inside out for mouthwatering flavor and juiciness. The Certified Angus Beef® brand is a cut above USDA Prime, Choice and Select grades.

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This Beef Stew with Barley Recipe was adapted from a recipe provided by Chef Vikki Krinsky. You can watch the award winning Recipe Rehab on CBS Saturday mornings; check local listings for air time. Make sure you tune in this Saturday to find out who the winner is! Have you ever watched Recipe Rehab?

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So, which beef stew recipe did I like best? I thought they were both delicious but in the end, I would choose the Paleo Beef Stew. The sauce was thicker than the Beef Stew with Barley and I think it had a richer flavor. Make sure you watch Recipe Rehab on CBS Saturday mornings!


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  1. This looks delicious and perfect for the winter weather! Love recipes with barley so warming and great comfort food.
  2. Looks good but needs MORE garlic! (never can have enough!)
  3. I have never done much with barley...may need to check out some recipes, this looks good!
  4. jenny at dapperhouse says
    This must taste amazing with all the fresh ingredients! Great recipe for me to make here in the cold Chicago winter. 
  5. Oh yum! This is the perfect comfort food. Looks delish!
  6. Jennifer @TheRebelChick says
    Your beef stew looks absolutely amazing! I love the addition of the barley, I don't think I've ever added it to my own stew before!
  7. I have some very fussy eaters in my family too. One of them doesn't like the texture of barley for some reason, but I would sure like to have a bowl!
  8. Jennifer Soltys says
    I don't think I have ever had real stew, and definitely have never made it. Looks good though!!!
  9. Tammilee Tillison says
    Yum! My family loved this recipe. Your food looks great. 
  10. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says
    I'm bookmarking this, it's so delicious. Reminds me of the kind my mom used to make.
  11. Debi@EatSleepTravelRepeat says
    I love beef barley soup. It is one of my favorites
  12. We really enjoy beef stew. I never thought about adding barley, I am going to give it a try!
  13. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    this looks wonderful, nice and hardy - so could have used this today - it was cold! 
  14. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    I'm excited to watch tomorrow and see what everyone else thought about these!
  15. Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
    I love barley soup. My mother used to make it. I will definitely have to make this. My family would love it. 
  16. Wendy | Around My Family Table says
    Love a good beef stew!
  17. Looks delicious! I could use this meal idea during these cold days
  18. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) says
    I love stew when it's cold and snowy out ~ like today (again)!!!
  19. yummy. I wish I had ingredients to make this today. we're getting snowed in again- i'll have to grab ingredients for the barley stew tomorrow after church!
  20. This looks really good! We are big beef lovers here!
  21. CrazyMom a/k/a Melanie says
    Yummm...this looks delicious and sooo perfect for a cold day like today...thanks for sharing; my kids love Beef stew


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