25 Dec2012


If you are wondering what to do with some leftover beef from your holiday dinner, here’s a really easy and delicious option. I hadn’t made beef barley soup in years, but I knew I had a can of pearl barley in the pantry (packaged for the Indonesian market, oddly) so I figured I would give this a go. I had no recipe to follow and just winged it, to spectacularly good results. It’s cooling now and I will have enough soup for 10-12 servings in the days ahead. We have had several wonderful meals at home over the past two weeks and for the eve last night, but for lunch today we had leftovers… Sometimes, I like the leftovers almost more than the main meal. :)


I took out about a kilo of uncooked brisket from the freezer, the remnants of another dish from weeks ago. It is one of the toughest briskets I have come across, but figured it would be fine for a soup. Defrosted, I cubed it up and added it to a very hot pan and browned it all over. Removed the meat, added some olive oil to the pan along with the fat from the beef, and sauteed some roughly chopped onions, carrots and celery. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Next, I added back the browned beef, threw in three large leftover bones from a Prime Rib Roast a few days back, added say 6 cups of water and 8 cups of canned beef broth and let this simmer for about 1.5 hours over very low heat. The pieces of brisket were tough, so we pulled them out and shredded them into smaller pieces and added them back to the soup. I like tomatoey soups so I added a can of Italian Cherry tomatoes. Then about 2 cups of pearl barley and let this cook for another 40+ minutes. Season with salt and pepper. If you had some mushrooms (which I didn’t), you could slice them and add them to the soup as well.


After about 3 hours of cooking time total, the soup was done. Fantastic broth, hearty chunks of meat and vege, and the barley as well. If you have some flat leaf parsley you could chop that and throw it in as well. This will probably even taste better after a day or two in the fridge. Just add broth when reheating so it isn’t too thick. You can also skim off solidified fat after a stint in the fridge if you want to have less calories.



  1. Dragon says:

    Merry Christmas to MM, Mrs MM, the Teen & the rest of MarketManila family!

    Dec 25, 2012 | 4:38 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Thank you Dragon, and a Merry Christmas to you and all of the marketmanila family! :)

    Dec 25, 2012 | 5:29 pm

  4. Cora says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Mrs. MM, the Teen, the hard working crew and to all MM fans!

    Dec 25, 2012 | 5:39 pm

  5. Josephine says:

    Merry Christmas MM and family. I do a version of this soup regularly, but here we’re not yet at leftover stage, still on main event…this year it’s a very fat capon stuffed with boudin blanc, pears and truffles. Wish you were here!

    Dec 25, 2012 | 6:58 pm

  6. ami says:

    Merry Christmas MM and family.

    Dec 25, 2012 | 7:51 pm

  7. Thel from Florida says:

    Speaking of soup, because today it is raining here in our place, we are having lobster bisque– left over lobster from the lobster/caviar frittata I made for breakfast yesterday. We will also have some toasted crusty bread with melted French cheese called comte– sooo good!
    Have a Blessed Christmas to one and all!

    Dec 25, 2012 | 7:58 pm

  8. Faust says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013 MM and kudos to your Market Manila Blog. Cheers!

    Dec 25, 2012 | 9:15 pm

  9. Krizteene says:

    Happy holidays, MM, family & everyone here in our “community”! Dito sa Kuwait, my flatmates and I celebrated last night with homemade spaghetti, lumpiang shanghai, hotdog, and cola. Enough after a tiring day at work to come home to & relax. Next stop, New year naman! Sana MM next year i get to see you when i drop by Zubuchon again. :)

    Dec 25, 2012 | 10:45 pm

  10. kurzhaar says:

    Off the topic of soup (though we had the most delicious potato-and-leek soup with roasted mushrooms last night) but here is another way to warm the heart:




    Dec 26, 2012 | 2:54 am

  11. Botchok says:

    Merry Christmas Marketman and family, and also to your crew and all the readers!

    Dec 26, 2012 | 4:50 am

  12. Maricar says:

    Merry Christmas MM and to your family and to all your readers!

    Dec 26, 2012 | 5:09 am

  13. PITS, MANILA says:

    so looking like comfort food, MM … happy holidays!

    Dec 26, 2012 | 10:48 am

  14. EbbaBlue says:

    I love this recipe, and I need to eat this kind of soup. Salamat for sharing.

    Ms. Betty, nakamit ko ang aking minimithing kagamitan sa pag-masa ng harina..yehey, makakagawa na ako ng pandesal, at kung lubos na akong makagalaw ay gagawin ko ang ensaymada mula sa iyong recipe… and who knows.. maybe chocolate cake. Mabait kasi ako ngayong pasko, hhihi. Salamat muli sa mga attachments na pinadala mo sa akin. Susubukan kong gumawa ng chicken longganisa.

    Dec 26, 2012 | 11:03 am

  15. louinsanfran says:

    nice idea. that’s what i’ll do with the bones from the standing rib roast.

    Dec 26, 2012 | 1:26 pm

  16. Monique says:

    I would like to dunk a crusty bread into this soup with a nice glass of red wine!!!!!

    Dec 26, 2012 | 3:25 pm

  17. Akeeno says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year MM and to your family, and also to all the Market Manila readers.

    Dec 26, 2012 | 11:17 pm

  18. Andrea says:

    Merry Christmas, MM and family, and all Marketmanila readers!

    Dec 27, 2012 | 1:41 am

  19. Jean says:

    I just enjoyed sinigang I made from the meaty bones of our Christmas rib roast. I season the roast simply–just salt, pepper, olive oil and dry mustard–so the ribs didn’t impart an “off” flavor to the sinigang. This is the first time I’ve done this, and I’m quite proud of the results. Sometimes, my Filipino palate needs a break from rich, Western holiday fare. It was so comforting!

    Dec 27, 2012 | 8:26 am

  20. kimek says:

    Soup looks delicious, very warming and tasty. Good for winter time.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 2:44 pm

  21. lianne says:

    where did you buy the pearl barley? :)

    Jul 4, 2013 | 11:10 pm

  22. Marketman says:

    lianne, if you live in the Makati area, they have pearl barley at the Cash&Carry grocery on the South Superhighway…

    Jul 4, 2013 | 11:14 pm


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