Today’s recipe is all about celebrating fresh produce and pantry staples. Because, friends, that’s all you really need to make a great meal.
Recently, the good people from Farmbox Direct sent me a box of 100% organic fruits and vegetables. Farmbox Direct is a new subscription based produce delivery service. They are a farm to table, CSA style, USDA certified organic produce delivery service with a focus on locally harvested seasonal produce and all of their products can proudly show the USDA organic logo.
Because Farmbox Direct works with several different farms, you are able to customize what is in your box. So, enjoy a box of fresh fruits and veggies of what you want and each box comes with a recipe suggestion card for the week’s unique menu! Farmbox Direct is an easy way to fuel and maintain a healthy lifestyle, so be sure to check them out! I am a huge supporter of eating and cooking with seasonal, fresh and organic produce so I love what they are doing.
Once you have the fresh produce, you also need to make sure your pantry is stocked properly. What do you have in your pantry? I’m currently on a lentil, beans and barley kick. I could live off this stuff. For reals.
So, I took my vegetables, the celery, carrots and the beautiful purple potatoes from Farmbox Direct, my beans, lentils and barley and made this stew!
Oh and I can’t forget these biscuit croutons! Oh my gawd you guys. . I had leftover biscuits that I had made one morning and so I made some biscuit croutons.
So, grab a bowl and let’s warm up with some beef and barley stew. Who wants some?
It’s March 1st (I can’t believe it’s March?!) but it’s still cold here in Wisconsin, like cold and still snowing occasionally, until April. But I just might be able to survive another month with several bowls of this stew. Now, this one takes a while so make this one on a Saturday or Sunday and enjoy!
It’s so good!
Beef and Barley Stew with Biscuit Croutons
For the croutons:
- 3 or 4 already made biscuits cut into large-ish cubes
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick salted butter, melted
- dried parsley flakes
For the stew:
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound boneless beef chuck cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 oz pancetta or bacon cut into ½-inch pieces
- 2 to 3 carrots peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 1 small leek well rinsed and chopped (tender white part only)
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 sprigs fresh Italian parsley + more for garnish
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 zest of lemon
- 1 zest of orange
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 1 1/2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 potatoes cubed
- 2 cups cooked pearl barley
- 1 cup cooked beans and lentils or more if desired
For the biscuit croutons:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prep a parchment lined baking sheet and toss the biscuit cubes on top, spreading on the baking sheet evenly. Drizzle with the melted butter and sprinkle on the dried parsley flakes and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
For the stew:
- Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the beef in batches on all sides, setting aside on a plate as the pieces are browned. (Don’t salt the meat yet, as you won’t obtain a proper sear). When all the beef is browned and has been removed, add the pancetta (or bacon) and cook just to render the fat, for about 4 minutes.
- Add the carrots, celery, leeks, onion, and the garlic. Cover the pot and sweat the vegetables over medium heat until the onions and leeks are tender, for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, tie the whole sprigs of parsley, rosemary and thyme and the lemon zest, orange zest, cinnamon sticks and bay leaves into a sachet wrapped in cheesecloth. Once the vegetables are sweated, pour in the wine and increase the heat to high to reduce the wine by half. Add in the sachet, the tomatoes, chicken stock, and allspice. Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper.
- Return the browned beef to the pot, add the potatoes and cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender, but the sauce is still soupy, for about 1 to 2 hours. When the meat is tender, add the cooked barley, the cooked beans and lentils and simmer to blend the flavors, for about 15 minutes. Discard the sachet. Ladle the stew into bowls and top each serving with some more fresh parsley and the biscuit croutons. Enjoy!
Recipe from Geoffrey Zakarian’s My Perfect Pantry (changed slightly). Recipe published here.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am a huge supporter of fresh, seasonal and organic produce and wanted to help promote Farmbox Direct. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
Jolena @TheRubyKitchen says
I love ho hearty barley is in soups and stews. Those biscuit croutons sound incredible. What a great way to use up the leftover ones, Thanks for sharing!
I can’t believe how much you’ve packed into this soup — and yet it looks light, bright, and beautiful. One of my favorite childhood soups is beef barley!
Cate | Chez CateyLou says
I love all that gorgeous produce!! What a great way to use it – stew/soup is one of my favorite things to make! And those biscuit croutons – yum! Need to try this!
Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says
I sooo want this stew warming up on my stovetop right now!! It looks so comforting and delicious Alice!! 🙂
You are totally rocking the winter soups and stews, Alice! I love this offering, too! Any chance you can ship me some? Really? There’s an ice storm out there and I could sure use it! 🙂
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I am also on a lentil/bean/barley kick! Can’t get enough of them 🙂 Love this stew, and biscuit croutons? These need to be in my life!
Fresh, organic AND beautiful? This soup looks amazing. Those homemade croutons are killin me!!!
I’m sorry, but did you say BISCUIT CROUTONS. Mind = blown. I need a bowl of this ASAP.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Beef barley stew is one of my favorites! This looks like the ultimate comfort food, Alice! And I can’t get over how delicious those biscuit croutons look. Love this!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
This looks so delicious and comforting. I love that you have packed it full of veggies too.
David @ Spiced says
This stew looks amazing! It’s still really cold here in upstate New York, and I think a big bowl of this soup would be perfect for lunch today. Oh, and those biscuit croutons? Amazing! What a great idea!!
Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven says
Biscuit CROUTONS you say?! My mind = Absolutely blown. This stew looks beyond amazing and just the thing to warm up us Wisconsin-ers!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
A big bowl of this comforting stew would warm my bones so much right now. Also I love that you use such fresh produce. It is so fantastic!
This soup looks amazing! It’s been perfect soup weather in my neck of the woods, and this would be a perfect weeknight meal!
Sarah | Broma Bakery says
I’ve been talking about making beef and barley stew for a week now! I even bought barley and have been eyeing it every day in my kitchen. I am seeing this recipe for a reason– it must happen now!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
This stew looks fantastic, Alice! It’s packed with goodness! Pinned!
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
This is such a fantastic stew, Alice! I love that you used all fresh, organic vegetables. My mouth is watering for a giant bowl!
Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says
This barley soup looks amazing, Alice! Love stews. so perfectly warming on a cold day! 😀 Those biscuit croutons are divine too!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
My pantry is stocked with tons of beans and grains as well! Fingers crossed that the weather will get warmer for you soon. I bet this stew makes your evenings better though!
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
You have a way my dear!! Biscuit croutons? Genius!! And love all of those veggies along with the beef and barley in the soup. Pure comfort.
I haven’t made beef and barley soup in a while but after seeing this one I know I need to make some! Love the biscuit croutons. Great use of organic veggies! Pinned!
I love how you turned all of these ingredients into something SO comforting and delicious — and those biscuit croutons — yes!! I love lentils, beans, etc. so much — they make everything so satisfying. Pinning!
Nicole - Coking for Keeps says
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
I am loving the biscuit croutons! And the farm to table box of delivered veggies! We love organic produce in our house! This soup..mmmm! Pinned!
Linda | Brunch with Joy says
I love fresh and organic produce. This stew looks so comforting and perfect for cold weather, not to mention your biscuit croutons. Amazing!
Maria|Pink Patisserie says
Absolutely lovely Alice! Such gorgeous produce and those biscuit croutons!! You are a genius! What a fantastic way to use up something so delicious and make it even more amazing…
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says
On it’s own, this soups looks awesome! But then you tossed in those biscuit croutons- AMAZING!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Wow, I love the idea of Farmbox direct! Those veggies look so fresh. I definitely need to check them out and try this stew!
Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says
What a bowl of deliciousness and comfort – I join a CSA during the summertime and love all the fresh product – always such a fun surprise to see what each week brings.
Judit + Corina @Glamorous Bite says
Such vibrant veggies and that stew looks divine and perfect for those cooler evenings!
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
Biscuit croutons?! You are a genius lady. Love how hearty this soup is!
Gosh, did you say biscuit croutons??? I must try. ASAP. Someone bring me biscuits!
My mouth is watering over all that fresh produce and this stew! It looks so comforting and delicious! And biscuit croutons? Sounds amazing!
Nagi@RecipeTin Eats says
I want some, I want some! You did ask “who wants some?” You meant it, right? I’m just over in Sydney. Will it arrive hot? Because out of everything I have seen today, this is what I want to order for dinner. Thanks Alice! I’ll be waiting for it! 🙂
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Those biscuit croutons look so good, as does this stew! Love the mix of fresh vegetables with hearty pantry staples!