Make-Ahead Beef Barley Soup
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
Makes3 batches (4 servings each)
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 3 cups water
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
- 1 cup quick-cooking barley
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onions and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add barley; cover and simmer for 10-20 minutes or until barley is tender.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients; heat through. Transfer to three 1-qt. freezer containers; cool. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
- To use frozen soup: Thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan and heat through.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 198 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 16g protein.
Jun 1, 2015
Great Soup !!!!
Jan 28, 2015
Very good! Nice flavor, though I think it would be improved with additional vegetables and seasoning. I added corn to mine. I think this soup will be improved by freezing and reheating. This goes together easily and tastes good on cool evenings.
Jan 19, 2012
Quick and easy soup and also inexpensive.Next time will use a little less chop meat. Would also work with other veggies as well as I added some leftover corn and was very good.Thanks for a delicious recipe!
Sep 17, 2011
It isn't often that my husband goes nuts over soup, but with this one he asked for seconds AND asked if we could have it again the next night. I added a little pepper and topped it with french fried onions. Definitely a delicious, hearty soup and great for cooler weather! I am glad it is a big recipe because that gave me plenty left to freeze for later.
Sep 14, 2011
I love this soup its so easy to make and is loaded with so much flavor. All the farmers love it when I bring it to them on chilly days.
Mar 3, 2011
Ooooh, wonderful. I halved the ingredients, omitted the celery, replacing with celery seed, and crockpot cooked it. Barley was soft in about 4 hours. Could use a little more basil to spark the flavor.
Dec 14, 2010
It was good but i wouldn't make it again.
Oct 22, 2008
If you like Beef Barley Soup, this is truly the best and one of the most favorite recipes on this Board.... I am making this today and thought it should be posted once again for those that have not seen or tried it. Excellent. Thank you John again.BarbSubject: REC: Crockpot Beef Barley Soup Posted by: M_Wolverine Replies: 22 Posted on: 9/20/2005 8:46:58 AM #T576216 Crockpot Beef Barley Soup 1 pound lean stew beef, cut in 1/2-inch cubes1/2 cup chopped onion2 ribs celery, chopped2 medium carrots, diced3/4 cup barley1 bay leaf6 cups beef broth1 teaspoon salt, or to tastepepper, to tasteIn crockpot, combine stew beef with onion, celery, carrots, barley, bay leaf, and beef broth. Cook beef and barley soup on LOW in crockpot for 6 to 8 hours. Taste and add salt and pepper, to taste. PS This time I sauteed the meat first, added a couple of cloves of garlic and about 6 oz of mushrooms. But it is also great as written
Oct 22, 2008
This soup is a hearty one! My toddlers actually ate this soup. I thought, however, it lacked flavor. I am not sure how I would change it next time to make it more tasty. Not sure I'd make this again although it was nice to find a recipe to freeze.