“Tuck into this hearty and thick beef soup for a proper winter warmer. Delicious! ”
- 1 large knob of unsalted butter
- olive oil
- 500 g diced stewing steak
- 1 tablespoon Marmite
- 1 splash of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 red onion
- 2 carrots
- 3 sticks of celery
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- 2 litres organic beef stock
- 150 g pearl barley
- Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat, add a splash of olive oil and the steak, and lightly brown the meat all over.
- Stir in the Marmite and Worcestershire sauce, turn the heat up to high and keep stirring until all the liquid has evaporated.
- Meanwhile, peel and/or trim and chop the onion, carrots and celery.
- Add the chopped veg to the pan with the bay leaf and rosemary sprig and cook over a low heat with the lid on until softened.
- Stir in the flour and, after 1 minute, pour in the stock. Season well with sea salt and black pepper.
- Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, add the pearl barley and cook gently for 1 hour, then remove from the heat and discard the rosemary sprig (if you like) and bay leaf.
- Whiz the soup with a stick blender for a couple of seconds, so it thickens, but there are still some chunky bits, then give everything a good stir.
- Serve with hunks of soda bread for dunking.
Source: Jamie Oliver