• 12 oz (375 g) beef chuck, cut into 1-in. (2.5-cm) cubes
  • 3 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 10 oz (300 g) mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) pearl barley
  • 7 cups (1.75 l) low-salt beef broth
  • 1 cup (250 ml) dry white wine or tomato juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) pepper
  • 1 cup (250 ml) frozen peas
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice

1. Coat large pot with nonstick cooking spray and set over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Sauté beef until brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to double layer of paper towels with slotted spoon.

2. Sauté onions and mushrooms in pot drippings until onions are golden, about 7 minutes. Return beef to pot. Stir in carrots, barley, broth, wine, salt and pepper, then boil.

3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, partially covered, until beef and barley are tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in peas and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

Serves 6

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