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Beef and Barley Soup

This easy Beef and Barley Soup is a hearty, healthy soup recipe that is made with tender chunks of beef, loads of vegetables and pearl barley. Make ahead freezer friendly.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword beef and barley soup, beef barley soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 345kcal
Author Ashley Fehr


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb beef cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3-4 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 3/4 cup pearl or pot barley rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • fresh parsley


  • In a large dutch oven or soup pot, brown meat in oil over medium-high heat, just until browned on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook and stir 3-4 minutes, just until onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic, salt, thyme and pepper and cook and stir 1 minute.
  • Stir in broth, barley, tomato paste and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, add the beef back in, cover and simmer for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until barley and carrots are tender.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley if desired.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1097mg | Potassium: 921mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5275IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.7mg