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A hearty beef barley soup for these freezing days!

Nape

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Fucking uncle already with all of this cold and snow. We have close to two feet on the ground and getting another 7-10 tonight.

Cold and shitty weather deserves a heartwarming soup to counteract the suck. Here’s my version of beef barley soup.

Starting out, I roast beef neckbones, seasoned with S&P and EVOO, in a 475 degree convection oven (if you can’t find these use oxtails or beef shanks):
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I have 2.5 pounds of nicely marbled chuck, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces and seasoned with S&P:
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Brown it in a heavy bottom pot (I use La Creuset Dutch oven) in batches, being careful to not overcrowding the pot:
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After all of the meat is browned, remove the meat and you have a ton of flavor in the pot:
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Into that pot, after adding EVOO, add the following:

1 red onion, diced
1/2 white onion, diced
3 large carrots, large dice
3 ribs celery, large dice
5 shiitake mushrooms, diced
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Sauté for 5-6 minutes.
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Add 4-6 cloves of garlic, 3 tbsp good tomato paste, and a tbsp of anchovy paste. Let that cook 3-4 minutes:
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Add 1 cup of dry white wine (I used sauv blanc but Pinot Grigio works well too):
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Add in 2-3 bay leaves and 3-4 sprigs of fresh Rosemary:
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Let that reduce by 1/2.
 

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Add in the roasted beef neck bones and the browned Chuck. Add 1 can of Rotel:
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4 cups low sodium beef stock and 4 cups low sodium chicken stock....I use these:
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Add in a tablespoon of soy sauce and a tablespoon of fish sauce:
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Stir together and let it simmer on medium low, partially covered, for an hour. BBIAB
 

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It’s getting real shitty out there. Had to take my daughter to dance and the wind is blowing and the snow is coming down in sheets. Fuck!!

Anyhow, I pulled the neck bones out and salted them a bit. That’s a taste treat for the cook. I also pulled out the rosemary sprigs, bay leaves, and parm rind. Turned off the heat and will let it sit for an hour or two to come together.
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