Tuscan soup with beef, vegetables and red ale beer

Preparation :25 min Cooking :2h
Difficulty :easy
Servings :6 to 8

This Tuscan soup with beef, vegetables and red beer is the chunky soup of your dreams …! It is is full of meat, vegetables, juices, happiness and paradise. Serve it with a huge crusty bread baguette and boom, the real nirvana.


  • A beef shoulder roast of 725g, fat trimmed, cut into small cubes
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 500ml IRISH RED ALE organic red beer from La Chouape microbrewery
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 796ml diced tomatoes with Italian spices
  • 1 tablespoon Italian spices
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup pearl barley, well rinsed
  • About 3 cups chicken broth
  • 540ml white beans
  • 1 pack (142g) baby spinach
  • 1 1/4 cups sliced ​​red cabbage
  • Salt and pepper from the mill


  • In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add a dash of olive oil and sear half of the beef cubes, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add oil as needed. Season with salt and pepper generously. Remove the meat and set aside on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the beef.
  • Add the onion and garlic followed by a drizzle of olive oil. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring to soften. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute while stirring.
  • Deglaze with the beer and scrape the bottom to get all the flavours.
  • Add the beef broth, tomatoes, Italian spices, thyme, oregano, beef cubes and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and cover. Simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, cook the barley. In a saucepan over high heat, add barley and pour enough chicken broth to have about 2″ of liquid above the barley. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and cover. Cook for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the barley is al dente. Pour into a colander, rinse thoroughly under water and set aside.
  • In the large sauce pan, add the white beans, spinach and cabbage then stir. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until cabbage is tender.
  • Add the barley and stir. Continue cooking for 2 minutes, stirring. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
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It's far from being complex, it's far from being a deep wine but it's on the fruit, no bad sides and it's perfect for the afternoons at the chalet with a warm soup, looking at the snow falling.


This organic redhead will not only be perfect to add to the soup but also (and especially) to drink during the preparation. This caramelized beer with fruity and grassy nose dances on accents of cereals and hazelnuts.

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