Beef Barley Lentil Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours


10 servings (about 3-3/4 quarts)

Updated: Oct. 03, 2023
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
Beef Barley Lentil Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed red potatoes (1/4-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Layer with potatoes, celery, carrots, lentils and barley. Combine water, bouillon and lemon pepper; pour over vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until vegetables and barley are tender.
  3. Add tomatoes and salt; cook 2 hours longer.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 232 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 603mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.