Beef Barley Soup and Candy Corn Pizza

I woke up to a cold rainy dreary day (my favorite weather!) and thought that it should be a soup day. I decided to make beef barley soup. I started by cubing 2 pounds of beef chuck into 1/2 dice. Then I browned it on all sides in olive oil and seasoned it with salt and pepper. You take the beef out of the pot...


and then brown 2 diced onions and a pound of sliced mushrooms in the remaining oil. I soaked about a cup of dried mushrooms and diced them and added them too. I strained the liquid from the mushrooms and added it for additional flavor.


Once the onions start to turn golden, I added a bit over a cup of barley and 6 sliced carrots. That gets stirred around and then I added 12 cups of beef broth and 2 cups of a hearty red wine. I had left over corn on the cob so I cut it off the cob and added corn from 7 ears. I also added more freshly ground pepper and about 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Then I brought the soup to a boil and turned the heat down and simmered it for about an hour.


This looks a bit cloudy because I just turned the heat down but it actually is a rather clear stock.


I placed this in a bowl to show you but I am serving it in bread bowls for lunch.


Here is a cute Halloween recipe. Take a pizza shell and brush it with melted butter. Sprinkle it with Italian seasoning and then cut it into wedges. Put a piece of provolone at the tip of each wedge. Then a piece of cheddar in the middle and a piece of American cheese along the top edge. Place these in a 350 degree oven until the cheese has melted. Savory candy corn! Not only are they cute, they are actually quite tasty too.

Comments

Mmmm, beef barley soup is one of my faves. And that pizza is just too cute!
Autumnforest said…
Oh, my gosh! I just finished making a lentil/kale/barley soup. I love the recipe for the candy corn pizza! I'd almost like to do that for my Halloween party. I'll consider it. I found a bunch of people willing to help in the kitchen which is a huge thing since I love to cook and hope to make all kinds of varieties of foods.
Bridgett said…
That soup looks delicious and the candy corn pizza is such a cute idea!

I wish dearly I could make it for my kids but my son is gluten and dairy intolerant and my daughter is dairy intolerant.

Oh well...it's still a great idea! :)

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Bridgett said…
That soup looks amazingly delicious and perfect for an autumn day. Wow.

And that pizza! What a cute idea! I would absolutely make this if my kids could eat gluten and dairy. Unfortunately, they can't...but it's still a great idea.

Thanks for sharing.

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Bridgett said…
That beef barley soup looks deliciously amazing! Wow. Just perfect for a cool fall day.

And that candy corn pizza! What a great idea! I'd absolutely make this for my kids if they weren't gluten and dairy intolerant. Unfortunately they are, but it's still a great idea. :)

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Bridgett said…
That soup looks deliciously amazing. Perfect for a cool autumn day.

And the pizza! How cute is that? I'd love to make this for my kids, but unfortunately, they're both dairy and gluten intolerant. Nevertheless, it's still a good idea. :)

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