Beef and Barley Soup Recipe
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Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

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I love this recipe because it's so easy to prepare. It allows me time to play with my two children - Avery, 4, and Sarah, 2 - or work on craft projects. I usually serve it with crusty bread and a crisp green salad.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours 50 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours 50 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 pound beef short ribs
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown ribs. Add the onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, water and bouillon; bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and simmer for 2 hours or until beef is tender. Add barley; cover and simmer 50-60 minutes longer or until the barley is tender. Yield: 10-12 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Beef and Barley Soup in Country February/March 1993, p47

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"OK recipe. High in cholesterol per the nutritional calculator I had analyze it."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"I have made this soup several times and use beef shanks, cheaper than short ribs, and receive many compliments. The soup is very tasty."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I haven't made the soup yet just found it on while roaming but it does sound good other than the tomatoes myself and husband and 4 sons do not like tomatoes and i was just woundering if it had a tomatoe taste to it cause if so it would be a waste for me to make just asking? thanks"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"The genius of this recipe lies in the bone-in short ribs, I refer to as flavor missiles. The chicken bullion granules boiled with the ribs makes for a amazing broth. Unlike the previous reviews I added the entire 28oz of tomatoes. In fact I added 2 tbls of tomato paste to give it a nice deep rich base. FANTASTIC flavor. a tsp of basil, tyme, and oregano for personal touch and I'm telling you. Excellent soup!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"Good Fall soup :)"

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