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Creamy Beef, Barley and Mushroom Soup with Frizzled Onions

Creamy Beef, Barley and Mushroom Soup with Frizzled Onions
  • Prep 1 hr 20 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6
Make this hearty, soul-satisfying soup, topped with a pile of addictively-good fried onions, for your family and friends, or just keep it all to yourself. Because trust us, you won’t get tired of the leftovers any time soon.
Updated August 11, 2017

Ingredients

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package (8 oz) sliced mushrooms
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from two 32-oz cartons)
  • 2/3 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Frizzled Onions

  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, cut in half, thinly sliced (3 cups)

Steps

  • 1
    In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned. Transfer to bowl.
  • 2
    Add beef to Dutch oven; cook 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked. Add reserved mushrooms, chopped onions, carrot and garlic; continue to cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Sprinkle flour, thyme, salt and pepper over beef and vegetables; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in broth; heat to boiling. Add barley; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until barley is cooked. Stir in whipping cream; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until hot.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat 2 cups vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1 cup of the sliced onions; fry 7 to 9 minutes or until deep brown. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining onions.
  • 4
    Sprinkle individual soup servings with frizzled onions.

Expert Tips

  • We tested this recipe with white button mushrooms, but for a more intense mushroom flavor, use cremini or shiitake mushrooms.
  • If you’re looking for a shortcut, you can substitute the fried onion garnish with canned French-fried onions or croutons.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
560
Calories from Fat
350
Total Fat
38g
59%
Saturated Fat
15g
73%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
100mg
33%
Sodium
970mg
40%
Potassium
500mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
Dietary Fiber
5g
21%
Sugars
6g
Protein
19g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%
45%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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