Beef Barley Lentil Soup Recipe
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Beef Barley Lentil Soup Recipe

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I serve this soup often to family and friends on cold nights, along with homemade rolls and a green salad. For variety, you can substitute jicama for the potatoes. —Judy Metzentine, The Dalles, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 241 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 660mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 9g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the tomatoes; cook 2 hours longer. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Beef Barley Lentil Soup in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p12

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leafers1970 User ID: 8380112 255432
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"i am making this for vegan so taking out the beef and beef granules, can i use a vegatable broth in this for substitute,"

Cindyshut User ID: 7580083 255258
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"I made this for the family tonight. It was just OK. Needless to say, this will go in the fail column."

Margiee57 User ID: 8118896 213929
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"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!"

oanhpi User ID: 987324 122756
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"My family likes it a lot. It's one of our favorite meals in winter"

Sampsod User ID: 7124871 45832
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"Fabulous recipe - easy to make and delicious with fresh bread."

Asakurada User ID: 6955016 61507
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"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."

easton81 User ID: 5110831 53908
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"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!"

easton81 User ID: 5110831 118621
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"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."

Rose040570 User ID: 6534023 61506
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"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)."

kebean0106 User ID: 4694635 89857
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"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."

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