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Beef Barley Soup

When most folks think of barley, they picture it served up in a delicious soup. I'm no exception! This is a hearty soup that's a meal in itself.—Jan Spencer, McLean, Saskatchewan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling Cook: 1 hour 55 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  • In a soup kettle, combine ribs, water, tomatoes, onion, salt if desired and pepper; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender. Remove ribs; cool. Skim fat.
  • Remove meat from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; return to broth. Add carrots, celery and cabbage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Add barley; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 10-15 minutes or until barley and vegetables are tender. Add parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 314 calories, 15g fat (0 saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Mshell5701
    Mar 8, 2015

    Very bland, not impressed at all

  • kblackbird
    Feb 11, 2015

    This was great, but I used Italian-seasoned canned tomatoes and added a shake of extra herbs. Next time I'll make it with beef chuck roast instead of the short ribs.

  • jwasson
    Apr 27, 2012

    This just tasted bland to me.

  • twilaroos
    Feb 10, 2011

    This soup is very good! I make it as often as I goes very quickly! The only thing I do different is I leave out the cabbage, personal preference. I just add alittle more of the carrots and celery. Very, very tasty!!

  • kathryn333
    Feb 28, 2010

    A Good Hardy Soup. Full of flavor and it smells so good. All you need is biscuits or dark bread on the side.

  • kastalos
    Oct 16, 2009

    Jan your the best. Soup was great

  • euphoria
    Feb 15, 2008

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