Comforting Beef Barley Soup Recipe
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Comforting Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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When the weather outside is nippy, we want a bowl of soup that’s chock full of beef, barley and veggies. It's the most delicious way to warm up. —Sue Jurack, Mequon, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup each chopped carrot, celery and onion
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped cooked roast beef
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 198 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 652mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat 1/2 fat


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery and onion; cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add broth, water, tomatoes, barley and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add roast beef and peas; cook 5-7 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Beef Barley Soup in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p61

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"Perhaps I'm just not a fan of beef soups. This recipe lacked flavor."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"was this salty tasting? I will use low sodium beef broth if so."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"This soup gets five stars and more! It is truly delicious and comforting. My husband, son and I all took a spoonful and said, "Mmmmmmum!" with every bite. I made it right by the recipe. We will have this one again and again."

Reviewed May. 10, 2014

"I forgot the tomatoes but it was very good!"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"I made this and quadrupled the ingredients for a soup supper. Everyone wanted the recipe the next day. Very flavorful."

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