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Easy Beef Barley Soup

“This soup is really easy and takes very little time to put together. You can serve it for a leftover lunch or for supper with homemade bread, which I do on occasion.” Carole Lanthier - Courtice, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 55 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 large fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook and stir the beef, mushrooms, celery and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth. Stir in the carrots, potato, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender. Whisk in milk and tomato paste; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-3/4 cups: 317 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 753mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 6g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • andreatak
    Dec 1, 2014

    An Autumn/Winter core recipe!! Soo good. I followed it to the T, except didnt have barley so I researched substitutes, and used wild rice and red beans instead. Still produced that hearty nutty taste!

  • kellytreats
    Oct 16, 2014

    Delicious, unique and healthy! My new favorite soup!

  • Chris1414
    Aug 25, 2014

    I have made this recipe many times since I initially found it about 8 months ago. I probably made it at least once or twice a month last winter. Very delicious! I use ground turkey rather than ground beef.

  • lmaniscalco
    Feb 15, 2014

    Kids described it as Cheeseburger soup! It was a winner at our house and went into my great recipes file! :)

  • ZlatkaT
    Sep 7, 2013

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  • starfire1020
    Dec 27, 2012

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  • spande22
    Dec 17, 2012

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  • asoeaston
    Mar 18, 2012

    simple, cheap and healthy. We all liked it.

  • dianes50
    Feb 21, 2012

    We thought this was great, but it need more barley. Also I didn't use the milk or tomatoe paste at the end. My husband wants it again.

  • shellytow1
    Jan 16, 2012

    This soup was so good. Would make it again.