On chilly fall and winter days nothing hits the spot and spreads warm welcoming scents through the house like a good soup or stew. The time it spends simmering on the stove allows the flavors to truly blend and emerge into a delicious meal that is easy and filling. I’ve tried many beef stew recipes and haven’t had much luck finding one that suited my tastes, but this Beef Barley Soup recipe from Gina over at Skinny Taste is A-1 top of the line. The melding of the flavor of the beef with the bay leaves and barley, bolstered with the garlic and vegetables is a unique pairing I’ve not found in any stew recipes to date. This is a go to staple recipe in my book and just screams comfort food.