Italian Beef Barley Stew Recipe
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Italian Beef Barley Stew Recipe

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With potatoes, carrots, roast beef and barley, this soup is a hearty meal-in-a-bowl. —Jacqueline Kloess, Iowa City, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 pounds), cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 281 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 3 lean mea


  1. In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the celery, carrots and potatoes. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the tomato juice, tomatoes, bay leaf and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until meat and barley are tender.
  3. Discard bay leaf. Serve desired amount. Cool remaining soup; transfer to freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen soup: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan and heat through. Yield: 10 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Beef Barley Stew in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p48

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"I love love love barley! This was a very good hearty soup. I couldn't bring myself to add celery. I just don't like celery."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"I boil the barley (low boil) a little before adding and it makes the stew great. I have also tried a small can of chicken stock added with the canned tomato's and it came out great."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Very good hearty soup that entire family enjoyed. Husband said this was a keeper!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Very good! I used V-8 juice instead of tomato juice . Served it with cornbread. Really hit the spot! Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Super tasty, easy, cheap, and healthy. love it."

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