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Easy Beef Barley Soup Recipe

Easy Beef Barley Soup Recipe

“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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender. Whisk in milk and tomato paste; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 8134462 179722
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7154300 91098
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014 Edited Jan. 21, 2015

"Delicious, unique and healthy! My new favorite soup!"

Chris1414 User ID: 5738024 175454
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7600891 177046
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

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

asoeaston User ID: 5002730 160827
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"simple, cheap and healthy. We all liked it."

dianes50 User ID: 4466772 94711
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1567417 142108
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"This soup was so good. Would make it again."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 158536
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Good flavor."

foodfave User ID: 2810972 163790
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"We really enjoyed this on a cold wintery day, however I made several adjustments including omitting mushrooms (didn't have any), adding dried parsley, garlic and a bay leaf. I also didn't have any barley so I used 1/2 c quinoa and omitted tomato paste and evaporated milk. I just cooked the quinoa for about 12 min after adding it to the boiling soup. Yum!"

berumen User ID: 2492959 158505
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"My husband and i loved this recipe. i did add more mushrooms. There didnt seem to be enought for us."

shadowrunbunny User ID: 4389811 94696
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"I made it with a few adjustments - 1 lb. ground beef, more tomato paste, and no carrots. Also used an 8 oz. pkg of sliced mushrooms. TWO mushrooms??? Really??? Was that a typo??? I will make it again with my changes."

gardengirl1278 User ID: 958055 210139
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"Great recipe, I added more veggies and garlic too. Omitted the tomato paste (didn't have any on hand.) My husband doesn't usually care for barley but this got a thumbs up from him and my son."

Lake Gaston User ID: 3910496 142107
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"Great recipe. We live more veggies so I doubled the carrots & celery then added some garlic. Next time I'll double this for leftovers!"

jay1022 User ID: 3773403 106214
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"This was really easy and so satisfying. I'm not a fan of mushrooms and I didn't mind them in this creamy soup!"

jmmeidinger User ID: 3488558 175309
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2009

"Very good recipe. I like to make a lot of soup so I added double of everything. And instead of flour I added brown gravy dry mix-very good"

MummaB User ID: 3057074 102201
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2008


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