Easy Beef Barley Soup Recipe
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Easy Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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“This soup is really easy and takes very little time to put together. You can serve it for a leftover lunch or for supper with homemade bread, which I do on occasion.” Carole Lanthier - Courtice, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 large fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cup: 317 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 753mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 6g fiber), 21g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat 1 vegetabl


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook and stir the beef, mushrooms, celery and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth. Stir in the carrots, potato, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender. Whisk in milk and tomato paste; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Easy Beef Barley Soup in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p33

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"An Autumn/Winter core recipe!! Soo good. I followed it to the T, except didnt have barley so I researched substitutes, and used wild rice and red beans instead. Still produced that hearty nutty taste!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014 Edited Jan. 21, 2015

"Delicious, unique and healthy! My new favorite soup!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"I have made this recipe many times since I initially found it about 8 months ago. I probably made it at least once or twice a month last winter. Very delicious! I use ground turkey rather than ground beef."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"Kids described it as Cheeseburger soup! It was a winner at our house and went into my great recipes file! :)"

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"simple, cheap and healthy. We all liked it."

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