Shut out that cold weather and serve up a hearty bowl of this beef barley soup with prime rib. Tender bits of prime rib, hearty barley, paired complimentary vegetables for one delicious bowl of soup.
Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib
Prime rib is a staple in our home, especially around the holidays. While we don’t box prime rib into just a ‘holiday’ food, I do find that we always have plenty of prime rib leftover at that time of the year!
Our family is not huge on eating the same leftovers time and time again, so I am always working on ways that I can make my leftovers taste like something new.
What if I don’t have leftover prime rib?
If you are looking for that no-fuss toss-and-cook type of meal, give this easy barley soup recipe a try. If you don’t have any prime rib leftover, feel free to substitute ground beef, leftover steak, or leftover pot roast.
Do You Soak Barley before Cooking?
It depends on the type of barley you are using. If you reach for pearl barley, it does not have to be soaked before you cook it. As it heats up, it will break down and become more tender. For pot barley, it is best when soaked overnight, in colder water.
Can Beef Barley Soup Be Frozen
For best results, allow your soup to cool down and place in a freezer friendly container whether it be a freezer bag or airtight container. You can freeze this soup for up to 3 months.
For quick lunches, freeze in individual serving sizes!
To reheat, just toss it in the fridge the night before, and then put in the slow cooker to warm up or stove top. Grab bowls and serve up a satisfying bowl of soup that tastes just as good as the first time.
What Is The Best Kind of Container to Freeze Soup?
There are many options available out there, and I will share some of the top ways to freeze soup.
Sealable Freezer Bags | You can buy these anywhere. Just ladle in the soup, try and remove all the air, and lay flat. This is a great way to use minimal space in your freezer.
Glass Jar or Bowl | Whether you want to freeze for single servings or a big pot, glassware is always nice. Just make sure to leave room for the soup to expand as it freezes.
Plastic Freezer Containers | Plastic containers are an affordable option that works great for keeping your soup safe as you save it back. You can find whatever size you want, toss the soup in, and freeze away until you are ready to serve for safe keeping.
How much soup we have left directly impacts how I store it. If I know there isn’t much; I make single servings of the soup. That way on busy days, I can grab a container and heat it up for a quick lunch while the kids are at school.
If I think there is enough for the whole family, I store in a larger container and use it for a fast meal down the line. Label it! You think you remember, but if you are anything like me – you definitely won’t.
How Long Does Beef Barley Soup Last In Refrigerator
You can keep your soup in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. I gauge what we will eat and the rest I toss in the freezer. I don’t like keeping leftovers in the fridge for very long, so around two days we either eat them up or I toss it out.
Make Quick Beef Barly Soup for an Easy Family Dinner
This beef barley soup is such a winning soup to make. You will love the vegetables loaded with tender bits of prime rib throughout. While it is great for using leftover prime rib, you might find yourself looking forward to the next day soup more than day one prime rib!
- 1/2 stick salted butter
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 cups diced carrots
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic, diced
- 2 quarts homemade beef broth
- 4 cups chopped prime rib
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1 cup barley
- Place the butter into a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and let melt.
- Add in the celery, carrots, and onion. Let cook for 5-6 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.
- Add in the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
- Add in the beef broth, prime rib, red wine, ground thyme, and barley.
- Simmer over medium heat until the barley is tender. Serve with crusty bread and green salad.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 392 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 74mg Sodium: 702mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 20g