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Ground Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

Ground Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

I came across this recipe years ago at a recipe exchange through a church group. The contributor didn't sign her name, so I don't know who to thank. But my husband and son thank me for preparing it by helping themselves to seconds and thirds! - Ellen McCleary, Scotland, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 bay leaf


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 168 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 452mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.

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ahmom User ID: 3426126 247408
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"This was very good. I tossed in a few mushrooms that needed used up. Substituted tomato sauce for the soup because I didn't have the soup."

KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 243067
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"Some people do not belong in the kitchen. Uwasv-waya is one of them. For Pete's sake it is soup! Folks next time you cooks send in a recipe have your tape measure handy. It's a good soup. My stars aren't working. 5 stars"

alan6 User ID: 8621269 237540
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"This is an easy fast and delicious recipe for soup lovers. Thank you for the posting. Alan in New Hampshire"

poppadude User ID: 8368591 230449
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015


chinodon User ID: 1939704 221776
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"My family loved it. prepared it exactly is a recipe directs. My wife is not crazy about soup but she absolutely loves this one. It has so much flavor."

sonyrobin User ID: 1630539 82254
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"It was delicious!"

Jen Wiebe User ID: 2681734 83043
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"Very good! My husband and 1-year-old daughter love it!"

Stacey4 User ID: 2823471 29025
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"This was a a pretty good soup. No complaint from the family. It was really easy to make. I used ground turkey instead of beef and added some frozen peas and a zuchini I had on hand. I would make this again."

Strechie63 User ID: 2463170 29024
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"Yummy and easy to make. My whole family loved it!"

mcklfl User ID: 4480394 74640
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I loved this recipe and so did my husband. It was easy to prepare and so delicious. I did make variations to the recipe by adding corn, and peas that we had harvested from our garden the previous summer. And of course the carrots we used were also from our garden. This addition made the recipe even better. Then the next time when we had it as leftovers I made dumplings and wow did it disappear then too. Love the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it with us."

Holly D User ID: 4258139 43509
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This soup was delicious and was very easy to make. My husband loved it and requested that I make it often."

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 43507
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Great flavor!"

purplemartin3 User ID: 1362434 82253
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I only added 1 pound ground beef, increased the barley to 2/3 cup and I added 1 clove minced garlic. Very tasty soup!"

rharkless User ID: 1200027 29095
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"This soup was really tasty! I did add a little Italian seasoning, but other than that I didn't change anything. Everyone came back for seconds!"

spartan29 User ID: 297028 82228
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"This is my all time favorite recipe for beef barley soup. It is delicious! The only change I make is that I use 1 cup of barley instead of 1/2 cup. It is really thick and hearty and full of flavor. It also doubles well and freezes well. I now make double batches and eat one and freeze one. It has become a family favorite for sure."

spidergirl502 User ID: 4032835 34069
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"My husband and I loved this recipe! Great with warm bread. I'll definitely make this one again!"

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