Warm up your soul with a hearty and wholesome 

Beef and barley stew with mushrooms

This comforting dish combines tender chunks of beef, earthy mushrooms,
and chewy barley in a rich and flavorful broth. Perfect for chilly
evenings, this stew is a complete and satisfying meal that will leave
you feeling nourished and content.


  • 1 1/2 pounds stewing beef, cubed

  • 1 cup pearl barley, rinsed

  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 cup carrots, diced

  • 1 cup celery, diced

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups beef broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup red wine (optional)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over
    medium-high heat. Add the cubed beef and brown on all sides. Remove the
    beef and set it aside.

  2. In the same pot, add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent.

  3. Add the sliced mushrooms, carrots, and celery. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.

  4. Pour in the red wine (if using) and deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.

  5. Return the browned beef to the pot. Add the rinsed barley, beef
    broth, water, bay leaves, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and black
    pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the stew simmer for
    about 1.5 to 2 hours or until the beef is tender and the barley is

  7. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Remove the bay leaves.

  8. Serve the Beef and Barley Stew hot, garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 400

  • Fat: 15g

  • Carbohydrates: 35g

  • Protein: 25g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes

  • Cooking Time: 2 hours


  • Serves: 6-8 people

This Beef and Barley Stew is a robust and filling dish that brings
together the hearty flavors of beef and earthy mushrooms with the
satisfying chewiness of barley. It’s a classic comfort food that’s sure
to become a family favorite. Enjoy!

Beef and barley stew with mushrooms