Ground Beef and Barley Soup Recipe
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Ground Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

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I came across this recipe years ago at a recipe exchange through a church group. The contributor didn't sign her name, so I don't know who to thank. But my husband and son thank me for preparing it by helping themselves to seconds and thirds! - Ellen McCleary, Scotland, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 bay leaf

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 168 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 452mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Beef Barley Soup in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p154

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ahmom User ID: 3426126 247408
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"This was very good. I tossed in a few mushrooms that needed used up. Substituted tomato sauce for the soup because I didn't have the soup."

KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 243067
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"Some people do not belong in the kitchen. Uwasv-waya is one of them. For Pete's sake it is soup! Folks next time you cooks send in a recipe have your tape measure handy. It's a good soup. My stars aren't working. 5 stars"

alan6 User ID: 8621269 237540
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"This is an easy fast and delicious recipe for soup lovers. Thank you for the posting. Alan in New Hampshire"

poppadude User ID: 8368591 230449
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015


chinodon User ID: 1939704 221776
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"My family loved it. prepared it exactly is a recipe directs. My wife is not crazy about soup but she absolutely loves this one. It has so much flavor."

sonyrobin User ID: 1630539 82254
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"It was delicious!"

Jen Wiebe User ID: 2681734 83043
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"Very good! My husband and 1-year-old daughter love it!"

Stacey4 User ID: 2823471 29025
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"This was a a pretty good soup. No complaint from the family. It was really easy to make. I used ground turkey instead of beef and added some frozen peas and a zuchini I had on hand. I would make this again."

Strechie63 User ID: 2463170 29024
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"Yummy and easy to make. My whole family loved it!"

mcklfl User ID: 4480394 74640
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I loved this recipe and so did my husband. It was easy to prepare and so delicious. I did make variations to the recipe by adding corn, and peas that we had harvested from our garden the previous summer. And of course the carrots we used were also from our garden. This addition made the recipe even better. Then the next time when we had it as leftovers I made dumplings and wow did it disappear then too. Love the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it with us."

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