- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cups cubed red potatoes (1/4-inch pieces)
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
- 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- In a nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Layer with the potatoes, celery, carrot, lentils and barley. Combine the water, bouillon, salt and lemon pepper; pour over vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until vegetables and barley are tender.
- Add the tomatoes; cook 2 hours longer. Yield: 10 servings.
Reviews for Beef Barley Lentil Soup
"Made this soup today. I read other reviews about it needing more flavor and I didn't think 2 tsps of beef granules would be enough for 8 cups of water so I did add more granules and lemon pepper seasoning too. My family loved it!! I will definitely be making this again!"
"My family likes it a lot. It's one of our favorite meals in winter"
"Fabulous recipe - easy to make and delicious with fresh bread."
"I've made this over and over again this winter. The first couple of times I made it in the crock pot, but now I cook it on the stove because I don't usually plan ahead. Everybody loves it, including my finicky 10-year-old. I use Better than Bouillon instead of the bouillon granules, since that's what I have on hand, and I add more celery and carrots. I also leave out the potatoes when it's just for my family to make it a little diabetic friendly. It's good either way."
"I added an extra 1/2 cup of lentils, carrots and celery and potatoes. I added two extra cups of water and 2 of bouillon granules and extra 1/4 c. of barley. It was perfect and very very flavourful. Very filling!"
"I made the soup just the way the recipe said and it was thick and filling and very very flavourful. I would make it again."
"I will absolutely make this again. I added a little garlic salt, my husband's BBQ dry rub mix into it, and of course (as always) a little Frank's Red Hot Sauce. I also used diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil (did not have the stewed) and we added sweet frozen corn from our garden. I cooked my (deer) meat with a little olive oil and fresh minced garlic. My husband and I could not stop eating this. Thank goodness I had some left over to freeze. I will defiantly be making this again. Actually, I am making my grocery list right now and I am getting the stuff to make this for dinner this week (we just had this last night for dinner)."
"I've made this soup three times now. The first time I followed the recipe exactly. It was a very good soup, but I actually thought the beef in it was unnecessary. The second time I made it, I omitted the beef, and it was still delicious. I am cooking it for the third time now, and didn't have any beef granules on hand. I used 4 cups of beef broth, and 4 of water, and mixed in a packet of onion dip mix. It smells good right now."
"I loved this soup!! I did make a couple of changes. I did not add onions or barley because of food allergies. I also only added 4 cups of water instead of 8 only because my crockpot was to small and Im glad I did because I think that helped the flavor more:) I added some pepper, and added more beef granules and lemon pepper than what it called for:) Great recipe, and its healthy:)) I think Im going to try it with ground chicken and chicken granules next time and see how that tastes:)"
"Excellent soup. Everyone loved it!"