Beef Barley Soup
- 3 lbs beef shank cross cuts, cut 1 inch thick
- 1 Tbs vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped celery with leaves
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
- 1 package (9 ounces) frozen French-cut green beans
- Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Add beef, 5 cups water, salt, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1 hour.
- Remove cross cuts. Cut beef from bones; cut beef into 3/4-inch pieces. Skim fat from soup. Stir in beef and barley; continue cooking, covered, 50 to 60 minutes or until beef and barley are tender.
- Add green beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaf.
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