Beef Barley Soup

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Beef Barley Soup is incredibly easy and so delicious!

Loaded with nutritious veggies, tender beef and plump barley, it’s a complete meal in a bowl!

This homemade beef barley soup can be made ahead of time and freezes well making it the perfect family dinner!

This homemade beef barley soup can be made ahead of time and freezes well making it the perfect family dinner!

All of my favorite soups are fully loaded with goodies including veggies and grains, this Beef Barley Soup definitely fits the bill!

It is a rich and hearty barley soup that leaves you completely satisfied and warms every inch of your body!

It screams comfort food, like mom used to make and is perfect served up with a side of buttermilk biscuits and a side salad!

How to Make Beef Barley Soup

While the list of ingredients may seem long, this Beef and Barley soup is really easy to make.

I start out by cooking garlic and onions just until softened.

All of the remaining ingredients are simply added to the pot and simmered until tender.

I use homemade stock whenever possible for the best flavor.

What is the Best Beef for soup?

This recipe calls for cooked beef.  You can use any kind of leftover beef for this beef barley soup including pot roast, leftover steak or roast beef.

If you don’t have cooked beef, you can cook your own.  I use either flank steak (sliced against the grain) or cubed chuck.

If you’d prefer, you can most certainly substitute cooked hamburger in this barley soup recipe. If making a ground beef barley soup, you’ll want to brown the beef with the onions and drain any fat.

Beef Barley Soup is incredibly easy and so delicious! Loaded with nutritious veggies, tender beef and plump barley, it's a complete meal in a bowl!

One of the main components this recipe is barley. Barley is a grain that is very similar in size and texture of brown rice.  There are several different types of barley but the most common is pearl barley which is used in this recipe.

I use it frequently in place of rice and pasta in many soup recipes, perfect in my Chicken Barley Soup!

With it’s slightly nutty flavour and interesting texture, it will sure to be a hit in your next homemade soup!

Try adding it to my Easy Hamburger Soup or in place of the noodles in my Turkey Noodle Soup! Your family will love the change!

Homemade Beef Barley Soup is loaded with nutritious veggies, tender beef and plump barley, it's a complete meal in a bowl!

Cooking the same things all of the time can leave any home chef in a bit of a meal-making rut. The addition of vegetables makes this a great and healthy choice and keeps is relatively low in calories.

Incorporating new ideas, flavors and textures helps to keep things interesting in the kitchen!

This Old Fashioned Beef Barley Soup is traditional soup that has not lost it’s lustre! We serve this alongside our favorite biscuits or 30 Minute Dinner Rolls with a fresh garden salad for a perfect meal!

Make a large pot and freeze smaller portions to enjoy later – it freezes amazing and you will love how convenient it is to microwave or reheat on the stove!

Homemade Beef Barley Soup

This homemade beef barley soup is loaded with nutritious veggies, tender beef and plump barley. It’s a complete meal in a bowl!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked beef
  • 6 cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14-15 oz), undrained
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 2/3 cup barley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 package beef gravy mix
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons red wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook onions and garlic in oil over medium heat until softened.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered about 40-50 minutes or until barley is cooked.
  3. Remove bay leaf and serve.

Notes:

Soup may thicken upon cooling, add extra broth (or water) to reach desired consistency.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 235 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

12 comments on “Beef Barley Soup”

  1. Do you have a recipe for vegetarian barley soup?

  2. I bet this would be great with deer meat also !!!

  3. Can you make this in the crock pot?

    Rating: 5
    • I haven’t tried this in the slow cooker but I’m sure it would work.

      I would likely cook on low about 8 hours to make sure the barley is cooked through. Please let us know how it goes!

  4. This soup is so delicious!!! Will be making this again…

    Rating: 5
  5. This soup was amazing!  I made it tonight with homemade bone broth I had simmering all day.  I used beef cubes and cooked them with 2 cups of bone broth in my instant pot, first sautéing them then cooking them for 75 minutes on manual.  The seasonings were perfect.   Will freeze the leftovers. Restaurant quality soup recipe.  Thanks so much!

    Rating: 5
  6. Every dish caught my attention would look delish thank you thank you millions

  7. Amazing recipe. I let ALL my veggies sweat a little bit not just onions and garlic. And it still was amazing!

    Rating: 5

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