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Hearty Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

Hearty Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

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. YIELD:9 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil; drain. Stir in the broth, water, barley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • 2. Add the carrots, celery, onion and parsley; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in peas; heat through. Yield: 9 servings (2-1/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 128 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 466mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 241959
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8206857 239824
Reviewed 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 User ID: 797539 235884
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1543342 233290
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8489750 231500
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5573747 222840
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Even the kids liked this one!"

grandmacuckoo User ID: 5298143 221751
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"too much sodium"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 48372
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014


icunrse User ID: 6357713 17788
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"I made this with leftover eye round that I cubed and browned in oil. This was exactly what I was looking for in a beef barley soup. Simply delicious!!!"

Abby_21 User ID: 1024283 41531
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"quick to put together, easy to make and tastes delicious ust as written. Oh yeah,and good for you too. Make it often now I found this recipe!!!"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 19422
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014 Edited Feb. 27, 2017

"This soup is awesome. I prepared it for my book club and they gobbled it down. I made just a couple of changes. I used lean ground beef instead of round steak and added a little thyme to give it a tad more flavor. This is definitely a five star recipe.

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Debsoup User ID: 5880207 45177
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"For good soup also add rotel tomatoes, mushrooms, more barley, diced potatoes, italian seasoning, bay leaf, garlic, cumin, ..... :)"

peachynonni User ID: 4215913 47912
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"I used olive oil instead of canola oil. My family doesn't like the taste of canola oil. Really good soup!"

sweetsuzies User ID: 7518456 20885
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Yummy soup! It is very cold here in the Northwest now and this soup was a perfect supper. I added twice the barley and it was delicious and so hearty! My husband who really doesn't like peas in any shape or form loved them in this wonderful soup...."

Billl Muck User ID: 5770091 17786
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

"Excellent recipe. Clear and easy to follow, this is a GREAT soup and has become one of my favotires!"

xylamae User ID: 7445255 47862
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"I'd been craving a good old fashioned beef and barley soup and Voila! this is it!! The only thing I added was two teaspoons of worcestershire sauce. That gave it the little extra it needed to make it absolutely delicious."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 202171
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"I've been hungry for beef Barley soup lately and this recipe hit the spot. Very easy and very good. It's nice that it uses ingredients that I usually have on-hand."

vernelda jean User ID: 5797019 43178
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"family loved , loved this soup ! Recommended to me by my 'dearest friend', Lisa Lutz-Keys !"

turnerasylum User ID: 5185900 47861
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"Delish! I used 1/4 c. wild rice and a chopped leek in mine."

barsto User ID: 4995537 19421
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"Delicious soup!! I added a bit of red pepper flakes to add a little zip. Made a wonderful meal , and will absolutely make it again"

KookingKath User ID: 5913899 45505
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"This is one of my favorite soups,it reminds me of the scotch broth soup my great-grandmother used to make when we were kids.Probably because I love barley soups!!"

Honeybez User ID: 45626 19034
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"I've made this recipe for years! Yummy!"

TuttaItaliana User ID: 7154800 21217
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"beef and barley soup is great. I substituded grond turkey to this one. I like how it makes lighter, so I can have a small bowl later in the evening, just as a healthy confort food during these cooler evenings. I did not have peas so I used some chopped fresh kale. Yum! I make it often anf collegues at the office love to see me bring in the crock pot full. I never have to offer it and I come home with an empty dish every time. Buon appettito! ciao"

SewGlo User ID: 2855491 47859
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"Wonderful recipe! I tried this with lamb, as well. It was REALLY good! My husband asked if I would make it again really soon. And, while he will eat almost anything, he rarely comments on food, let alone asks when I'm going to be making it again!"

gallespalace User ID: 267717 15231
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"It is soup weather here in Iowa so I tried this today. I put mine in crock pot and made it according to direction with some of the "review" additions (basil, tomatoes) etc. It was great! Served with homemade bread on the side!"

grammasgirls User ID: 3781720 43175
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I've made this soup before but I use beef stew and did it in the crock-pot awsome recipe and it also freezes very well love the recipe"

jensenal User ID: 4378696 17785
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"This makes a hearty soup. I did some substituting my self. I used lean hamburger and added T spoon of Basel and 2 small bay leaves. YUM,YUM!! will make it again. aljens"

carolanne1210 User ID: 3617870 15230
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"This is delicious! I made it according to the recipe the first time, with great results. The second time I added a can of drained diced tomatoes and substituted frozen mixed vegetables for the peas. Even better!!"

katwoman85 User ID: 2341336 21525
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I made this recipe yesterday & got rave reviews. Was told one of my best meals ever. I substituted veg. broth for the beef broth & it was perfect. I also substituted the frozen corn since I did not have frozen peas. I will be making a big giant pot next time as there were NO leftovers! Excellent recipe."

pinksuitcases User ID: 630663 43174
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2008

"Homemade soup is the best thing ever and this recipe was so simple. I left out the water completely and threw in a can of green beans in place of the frozen peas I was missing and it still turned out fantastic. I used the "Related Tip" from another member and chopped my veggies in the food processor. Mmm...delicious. I wish I could share a bowl with each of you!"

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