Ground Beef Barley Soup Recipe
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Ground Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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I first tasted this soup when a friend served it to our family one day after church. It's now a favorite with our family, especially our three children. —Maggie Norman, Stevensville, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 meaty beef soup bones
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes or 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large Dutch oven, bring water and soup bones to a rapid boil; add bouillon. Stir in ground beef in small amounts. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours or until the meat comes easily off the bones.
  2. Remove bones. Strain broth; cool and chill. Skim off fat. Remove meat from bones; dice and return to broth along with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 10-12 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Beef Barley Soup in Country Ground Beef 1993, p19

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Cook38 User ID: 1584232 255091
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

"Have made this before, very very good!!!"

pagwife1 User ID: 3146556 202073
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"The green is parsley.

Who uses a scale to make soup? Good grief, if you dont like the recipe, move on already."

lrtg2 User ID: 5640820 43690
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I took out the carrots and added peas and corn and it was really good. The entire family enjoyed. I would probably add more barley next time."

vaneli User ID: 4617834 40476
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"it was good tasted just like in restaurants. I just didnt add the parsley or inion powder. But came out just as good."

slosh29 User ID: 2793210 18646
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2009

" The green you see are green onions..Alot of recipes dont add it as an ingredient because it is usually used as a garnish. "

quiltb User ID: 3557763 46065
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"This soup is kind of bland. Also I see something green in the picture and it calls for nothing green ?????What was left out?"

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