• 1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/4 ounce)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Cooking spray $
  • 3 1/2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 8 ounces) $
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (about 1 medium) $
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot (about 1 medium) $
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery $
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsnip (about 1 small) $
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil $
  • 12 ounces lean beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 cups less-sodium beef broth, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt $
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper $
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup uncooked barley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Place the porcini mushrooms in a medium bowl; cover with boiling water. Cover and let stand 30 minutes or until tender. Drain mushrooms in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms; set aside.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add cremini mushrooms and chopped onion; sauté 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon onion mixture into a medium bowl. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add chopped carrot, celery, parsnip, and minced garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add carrot mixture to onion mixture in a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 3 minutes, browning on all sides. Add 1 cup broth to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add remaining 5 cups broth, chopped porcini, porcini liquid, onion mixture, 2 cups water, salt, pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour or until beef is just tender.
  4. Discard thyme sprigs. Stir in barley; cover and cook 30 minutes or until barley is al dente. Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat; sprinkle with parsley.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 318
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 9.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 25.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 32.5g
  • Fiber: 7.4g
  • Cholesterol: 58mg
  • Iron: 3.8mg
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Calcium: 47mg

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