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27 Comforting Barley Soup Recipes

If you’re in search of a hearty and cozy meal, look no farther than these barley soup recipes.

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Southwest Barley & Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Southwest Barley & Lentil Soup

My family makes lentil soup every new year for good luck. My mom has been making it since I was little. Over time, we've tweaked it so that all our family and friends love it. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York

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Cabbage Barley SoupTaste of Home

Cabbage Barley Soup


My neighbor had an abundance of cabbage, so a group of us had a contest to see who could come up with the best cabbage dish. My vegetarian cabbage soup was the clear winner. —they ate the whole pot! —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Butternut Squash and Barley SoupTaste of Home

Butternut Squash and Barley Soup


I love to use my garden produce in this veggie-packed soup. Serve it with oatmeal dinner rolls and you've got a delicious, healthy dinner. —Julie Sloan, Osceola, Indiana
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Deb's Mushroom & Barley SoupTaste of Home

Deb's Mushroom & Barley Soup


Nothing is more comforting than coming home to this rich soup! I prepare the ingredients the night before and start the slow cooker on my way out the door in the morning. —Debra Kamerman, New York, New York
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Chicken Barley SoupTaste of Home

Chicken Barley Soup


No question—this is my favorite barley soup! It's so filling that I serve it as a hearty main dish, and I have given the recipe to many of our friends and relatives. It simply tastes too good to keep to yourself! —Diana Costello, Marion, Kansas
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Spiced-Up Healthy SoupTaste of Home

Spiced-Up Healthy Soup


“This has been a hit with family and friends. It’s spicy, low-fat and filled with good-for-you ingredients.” Diane Tayman — Dixon, Illinois
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Turkey and Vegetable Barley SoupTaste of Home

Turkey and Vegetable Barley Soup


Using ingredients on hand, I stirred up this turkey and veggie-packed soup. If you have them, corn, beans and celery are great here, too. —Lisa Wiger, St. Michael, Minnesota
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Beef Barley Soup for 2Taste of Home

Beef Barley Soup for 2


Who knew you could simmer up such a hearty soup in 30 minutes? This is packed with my favorite homey veggies and savory roast beef.—Sue Jurack, Mequon, Wisconsin
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Mushroom Onion Barley SoupTaste of Home

Mushroom Onion Barley Soup


After tinkering with three different recipes, I came up with this warming rich, dark brown broth with hearty mushrooms, barley and onions. It’s a beefy tasting soup for my meat loving husband, completely vegan for me and healthy for both of us. It can simmer all day in a crock pot or be served up right after preparation.
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Easy Hamburger SoupTaste of Home

Easy Hamburger Soup


Lunches on the run will be a little tastier with this hot and hearty beef and barley soup. The recipe is very simple to prepare. —Mary Prior, Rush City, Minnesota
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Comforting Beef Barley SoupTaste of Home

Comforting Beef Barley Soup


When the weather outside is nippy, we want a bowl of soup that’s chock-full of beef, barley and veggies. It's the most delicious way to warm up. —Sue Jurack, Mequon, Wisconsin
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Beef Barley Soup with Roasted VegetablesTaste of Home

Beef Barley Soup with Roasted Vegetables


The beauty of this soup is that you can roast the vegetables separately in the oven while it's simmering away. Then simply add them in during the last minutes on the stovetop. I love that the roasted vegetables keep their own bright flavors that add to this earthy bowl of warmth. —Gayla Scott, West Jefferson, North Carolina
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Chicken Veggie SoupTaste of Home

Chicken Veggie Soup


This satisfying veggie soup hits the spot at lunch or dinner. Add a side salad and some whole grain bread for a delicious, nutritious meal. —Amy Cheatham, Sandusky, Ohio
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Bacon-Beef Barley SoupTaste of Home

Bacon-Beef Barley Soup


Here’s a robust dish that’s perfect for hungry teenage boys! Served over creamy mashed potatoes, this quick, comforting soup will really hit the spot. —Cathy Peterson, Menominee, Michigan
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Mushroom Barley SoupTaste of Home

Mushroom Barley Soup


A few years ago, a friend at work shared the recipe for this wonderful soup. With beef, barley and vegetables, it's hearty enough to be a meal. A big steaming bowl with a slice of crusty bread is so satisfying on a cold day. —Lynn Thomas, London, Ontario
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Southwest Chicken Barley ChowderTaste of Home

Southwest Chicken Barley Chowder


Mashed squash helps make this chowder creamy but not heavy, and it's a favorite way to get barley on the table. My kids even ask for leftovers for lunch. —Pamela Cleghorn, Campbellsburg, Indiana
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Potato-Beef Barley SoupTaste of Home

Potato-Beef Barley Soup


I originally got this recipe off of the Kathie Lee and Regis show about 14 years ago. It quickly became a family favorite and through the years I have changed the recipe a bit. Tastes wonderful with a warm crusty bread. I have added a can of corn for variety. Also, red or yellow peppers can be used with green to add beautiful color.
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Ground Beef and Barley SoupTaste of Home

Ground Beef and Barley Soup


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
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Vegetable Bean Barley SoupTaste of Home

Vegetable Bean Barley Soup


This hearty soup is as filling as it is comforting. Full of zucchini, barley, tomatoes and carrots, it's one recipe that people always ask me for.
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Hearty Beef Barley SoupTaste of Home

Hearty Beef Barley Soup


My entire family just loves this delicious and comforting soup. Loaded with chunks of tender beef, the rich broth also includes plenty of fresh mushrooms, sliced carrots and quick-cooking barley. —Barbara Beattie, Glen Allen, Virginia
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Quick Mushroom Barley SoupTaste of Home

Quick Mushroom Barley Soup


I surprised my mother with a visit some years ago, and she was preparing this soup when I walked in. It was so wonderful that I asked for the recipe, and I’ve been fixing it ever since. —Edie Irwin, Cornwall, New York
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Ground Beef Barley SoupTaste of Home

Ground Beef Barley Soup


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
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Slow & Easy MinestroneTaste of Home

Slow & Easy Minestrone


Hot soup on a cold day is something I just can't get enough of. It's a snap to put together, and I don't have to wash pots and pans after a relaxing meal. —Sally Goeb, New Egypt, New Jersey
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Split Pea Soup MixTaste of Home

Split Pea Soup Mix


My mother sent me some of this pretty dry blend along with the recipe. The hearty soup is thick with lentils, barley and peas, and chicken is a nice change from the usual ham. —Susan Ruckert, Tangent, Oregon
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Vegetable Beef and Barley SoupTaste of Home

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup


Winter weather calls for steaming bowls of this hearty soup. Chuck roast leftovers add extra homemade flavor. —Jeannie Klugh, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Beef Barley Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Beef Barley Lentil Soup


I serve this soup often to family and friends on cold nights, along with homemade rolls and a green salad. For variety, you can substitute jicama for the potatoes. —Judy Metzentine, The Dalles, Oregon
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Italian Sausage Bean SoupTaste of Home

Italian Sausage Bean Soup


In the cold months, I like to put on a big pot of this comforting soup. It cooks away while I do other things, such as baking bread, crafting or even cleaning the house. —Glenna Reimer, Gig Harbor, Washington

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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