Hearty Beef and Barley Soup Recipe
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Hearty Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

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This hearty barley soup is a favorite menu item in our house throughout the year. Everyone savors the flavor. —Elizabeth Kendall, Carolina Beach, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour 50 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour 50 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 pound beef top round steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 128 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 466 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil; drain. Stir in the broth, water, barley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, onion and parsley; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in peas; heat through. Yield: 9 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Beef Barley Soup in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p25

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Nice hearty flavour. Like a couple of previous reviewers, I added a couple of diced potatoes, a dash or Worcestershire sauce, a sprinkle of thyme and a bay leaf. I also used ground beef as I was out of round steak. A definite make again on a cold day."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"I and my Husband enjoyed this soup..Last night was the first time ever making it. The only changes I made was I added more pearl Barley and I used unsalted beef stock, I'm on a low sodium diet so I try to keep it as low as I can on my recipes. I would make this again."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"I made this quite some time ago and we enjoyed it. It has WAY too much sodium in it for us though. I did not add the salt, used low-sodium broth, added Mrs. Dash Original to get some flavor without the salt."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"Add a can of tomatos (cut-up) or a can of stewed tomatos,cut one can of broth if you want too."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

"I was looking for recipes that the whole household could eat while one of our roommates is on a liquid diet after gastric sleeve surgery. I added extra barley because my grocery store only had the very small barley. While it was filling for those of us who could eat the whole soup, to him it just tasted like plain beef broth straight out of the can. Will probably add some more seasonings, like garlic and bay leaves, and a little Worcestershire sauce if I ever make it again."

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