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Hearty Beef and Barley Soup

This hearty barley soup is a favorite menu item in our house throughout the year. Everyone savors the flavor. —Elizabeth Kendall, Carolina Beach, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour 50 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound beef top round steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Brown beef on all sides; drain. Stir in broth, water, barley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add carrots, celery, onion and parsley; cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are tender, 30-40 minutes. Stir in peas; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 128 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 466mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • knollbrookcook
    Apr 21, 2018

    Delicious soup. We all liked it. I made it just the way it says except I used some stew beef cut small and I cut the salt down to almost none.

    Feb 9, 2018

    I made this last night and family loved it! It's a whole yummy meal in a bowl.

  • Susan
    Dec 30, 2017

    I made this as written and it was a hit! I plan to make this recipe often and freeze some for cold winter days.

  • LeslieH
    Jan 17, 2016

    Nice hearty flavour. Like a couple of previous reviewers, I added a couple of diced potatoes, a dash or Worcestershire sauce, a sprinkle of thyme and a bay leaf. I also used ground beef as I was out of round steak. A definite make again on a cold day.

  • Tiny2015
    Dec 20, 2015

    I and my Husband enjoyed this soup..Last night was the first time ever making it. The only changes I made was I added more pearl Barley and I used unsalted beef stock, I'm on a low sodium diet so I try to keep it as low as I can on my recipes. I would make this again.

  • Cook_aholic
    Oct 29, 2015

    I made this quite some time ago and we enjoyed it. It has WAY too much sodium in it for us though. I did not add the salt, used low-sodium broth, added Mrs. Dash Original to get some flavor without the salt.

  • waynejv
    Sep 22, 2015

    Add a can of tomatos (cut-up) or a can of stewed tomatos,cut one can of broth if you want too.

  • HIM_Darling
    Aug 20, 2015

    I was looking for recipes that the whole household could eat while one of our roommates is on a liquid diet after gastric sleeve surgery. I added extra barley because my grocery store only had the very small barley. While it was filling for those of us who could eat the whole soup, to him it just tasted like plain beef broth straight out of the can. Will probably add some more seasonings, like garlic and bay leaves, and a little Worcestershire sauce if I ever make it again.

  • Jami4
    Mar 15, 2015

    Even the kids liked this one!

  • grandmacuckoo
    Mar 1, 2015

    too much sodium