Mmm,Mmm good Beef, Barley, Split Pea Soup.

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1 lb. stew meat cut into bite size pieces

1/4 lb. bacon, diced

1/2 cup pearl barley

1/4 cup dried yellow split peas

2 onions, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 leek, sliced, white part only

5 carrots, peeled, diced

1 1/2 quarts beef consomme

1 bay leaf

1/2 ts. rubbed sage

salt and pepper; to taste

In a large heavy bottomed pot, brown the bacon until crisp. Add the onions, leeks and celery and saute until softened. Add the barley and split peas and cook until they begin to toast. Remove contents of pot into a bowl and set aside. Adding a small amount of oil as needed, brown the stew meat in the pot. Once the stew meat is brown, return the reserved ingredients , carrots, bay leaf, sage and consomme. Bring to a boil reduce to simmer. Cook until meat is tender and barley and split peas are cooked. Season with salt and pepper.

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