The Deen Bros. Lighter Vegetable Beef Soup

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Vegetable Beef Soup

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

The Deen Bros. Lighter Beef and Barley Vegetable Soup

238 Fewer Calories
16g Less Fat

1 pound lean boneless beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, tough stems removed and sliced
1/2 pound white button mushrooms, sliced
1 large leek, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 carrots, sliced
2 ribs celery, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
2 cups canned diced tomatoes
2 cups fresh or frozen sliced okra
2 cups water
1/2 cup pearl barley, rinsed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon Paula Deen House Seasoning
1/2 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Spray a nonstick Dutch oven with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 5 – 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Add the oil to the Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, leek, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the broth, tomatoes, okra, water, barley, Worcestershire, and House seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Add the green beans and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Test Kitchen Tip:
Bobby and Jamie decided to replace some of the starchier veggies in mom’s recipe with high-fiber pearl barley instead. You can also use quick-cook barley. Since it is pre-steamed, it cooks in minutes. If you use quick-cook barley, add it 10 minutes before the soup is done.

Nutritional Information:
Per Serving (1 cup): 203 Cal; 20 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 17 g Carb; 4 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 80 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 998 mg Sodium; 31 mg Cholesterol

Original Recipe by Paula Deen: The Lady and Sons Beef Vegetable Soup
Take It Lighter recipe courtesy of Bobby and Jamie Deen, and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Reader Comments:


I'm wondering if Quinoa could be substituted for the barley. I'll have to check nutritional value of barley - not something I eat normally. I just know I love quinoa and it is so good for you.

By abluefront on April 13, 2013


Paula I love you your cook books,cookwear, you just rock I have cooked so any of your recipes but me and my husband has come down with diabetes,so I have to change the way I cook thanks Bobbie for your lighter recipes. Paula your mississippi mud cake is the greates ever,,,,,, thanks Tammie

By bobbie @paula on October 18, 2011


I've prepared both the original and now the 'lighter' version. Both were EXCELLENT! I want to thank the Deen Bros. for working on their mama's recipes so that I can enjoy them more often. We all want comfort foods and this soup fits the bill. The great part of it is ---- drum roll please ---- it is guilt free! Love love love the Deen family!

By Sharon in Arizona on April 09, 2011


sounds really good. going to try it this weekend. love your show.

By ann.danley on March 10, 2011


Recipe sounds great, but, I'm assuming that when you add the broth and the other items, you're also supposed to add the meat. It doesn't state when you add the meat back to the Dutch oven.

By Fran Chastain on March 10, 2011


Miss Paula, you are like a breath of fresh air. You are the happiest person I have ever seen. You brighten my day everytime I see your show. I hope one day to be able to meet you. Thanks for being a friend even though I've never met you. We are so much alike I feel like we are friends. Thanks for brightening my days, Sincerely, Debbie Watson

By Debbie Watson on March 10, 2011


paula i love all your recipes but i have a lousy kitchen so i dont have a much place to cook in but i love all your soups i am a grandmother with 9 grand kids and i like to read alot but i can afford any books so i read online i am renting i wish that maybe someday i can have a nice kitchen like you have .but that will never happen but besides with all of it all i love all of your recipes.

By edna beatson on March 10, 2011

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