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Comforting Beef Barley Soup

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.


8 servings (3 quarts)

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
Comforting Beef Barley Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped cooked roast beef
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute carrot, celery and onion until tender, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add broth, water, beef, tomatoes, barley and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peas; heat through, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 198 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 652mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • jkcoach98
    Mar 16, 2019

    We love homemade soup, especially in the winter, but we all found this to be tasteless.

  • NH-rescue
    Jan 22, 2018

    Hearty soup that the whole family liked. Although the amount of barley might seem small initially, remember that barley expands quick a bit when cooked. We added more peas and used leftover pot roast (plus a little leftover gravy to add flavor.)

  • mary916
    Feb 12, 2017

    Absolutely delicious. Will make again. Easy and filling for a cold February day.

  • saltybeefnstickyrice
    Nov 16, 2015

    Perhaps I'm just not a fan of beef soups. This recipe lacked flavor.

  • Colette K
    Oct 27, 2015

    was this salty tasting? I will use low sodium beef broth if so.

  • Connie Foreman
    Feb 14, 2015

    This soup gets five stars and more! It is truly delicious and comforting. My husband, son and I all took a spoonful and said, "Mmmmmmum!" with every bite. I made it right by the recipe. We will have this one again and again.

  • ahmom
    May 10, 2014

    I forgot the tomatoes but it was very good!

  • Stacielfg
    Apr 10, 2014

    I made this and quadrupled the ingredients for a soup supper. Everyone wanted the recipe the next day. Very flavorful.

  • mltdebbie
    Feb 27, 2014

    So Good! I used the Homemade Beef Broth recipe from this site, which made it even better.

  • kriserickj
    Aug 21, 2013

    Perfect! Filling, tasty, and healthy. That, my friends, is a soup trifecta.