Beef and Barley Stew

    2 hours 25 minutes

    On Isle Of Man (where I grew up!) this stew is called 'Manx broth'. It's beef and barley simmered with turnip and leek.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 3 litres water
    • 500g beef shank
    • 1/2 cup pearl barley
    • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 turnip, peeled and chopped
    • 1 leek, sliced
    • 2 stalks celery, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours25min 

    1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the beef shank, barley, carrot, turnip, leek and celery. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer gently over medium heat for 2 hours.
    2. Remove the shank from the saucepan and cut the meat into small pieces. Return the meat to the saucepan and discard the bone. Return to a boil and then stir in the parsley. Serve very hot.

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    My husband has ancestors from the Isle of Man, so he wanted to make this for a gathering. I couldn't find beef shank, so we opted to use beef stew meat and simmered it with the rest of the vegetables and added some beef broth. It turned out very tasty!  -  25 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good! My family is originally from the Isle of Mann so I had to try it, and I wasn't disappointed!  -  12 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    The thyme & leeks added a different flavor than a regular beef barley soup. Everyone ate it, but no one raved. Overall, I prefer beef barley with garlic & onion.  -  14 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)