Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

What a weekend! I was asked to be the speaker for a church’s spring retreat. This particular church was one that I was the youth pastor at more than ten years ago. It was a wonderful privilege to open God’s Word along with them throughout the weekend and a great joy to reconnect with many old friends. It was amazing because it felt like we had stayed connected with many of these people when it had actually been many years since we had seen them. The weekend was a lot of fun, the weather was great, and the retreat centre was the perfect getaway from the big city of Toronto.

Today’s recipe is a classic. Beef barley soup is one of my favourite kinds of soup and I am not sure why, but I do not actually make it all that often. Whenever I do cook up a big pot of this soup, I vow to make it more frequently. Yes it is spring and you might think of soup as a fall or winter meal, but beef barley works for me any day of the year! This soup has a rich and silky broth and is hearty, packed with beef, carrots, onion, celery and lots of barley!

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Beef Barley Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups stewing beef, finely chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1½ cup dry pearl barley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, cook onions, celery and carrots with the butter. Once the onions and celery are tender, about 6-8 minutes, stir in the beef.
  2. Cook, stirring often, until the beef is cooked. This should take another 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the water, beef broth and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Let the soup cook at a low rolling boil for30-45 minutes. The barley should be fully cooked and the beef should be tender.

 

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25 comments

  1. Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend Steve! The soup looks fantastic! I can see why it would be an all time favorite. :)

  2. Lovely pictures. You always do such a nice job on here.

    The soup is a childhood favorite of mine. I will have to give this recipe a try. I will put it on the back burner (no pun intended) until the fall. We are already having almost 90 degree days down here in Florida. I want to try this when we get our first cool snap.

    Buzzed.

  3. Cool that you have a church retreat, our church has many events-but not that one! Anyhow, this soup does look amazing! Barley is not in my diet very much, but this looks like a good recipe to remedy that situation. Enticing photo!

  4. This looks like a delicious soup – so rich.

  5. Like you, I enjoy soup year round. Great recipe!

  6. i like adding grains to my soup. This is a great recipe if I replace barley with quinoa or millet.

  7. This soup seems nice! Best thing it can be made very fast which is good for my short time. Thanks!!!

  8. Well…we’re having hot and cold spring so soup is perfectly fine for me these days. I love a good bowl of hearty soup. This looks perfect!! I’m glad you had a great weekend. :)

  9. So glad you had a good weekend, Steve! Being around other Christians is so energizing to me! This soup sounds fantastic. I can eat it any day, all year long!

  10. It sounds like you had a great weekend! I love barley soups, and since the weather here is still variable I could definitely dig into this one.

  11. I am making the soup today Steve I am barbecued out at the moment soup sounds great, I love beef barley. I am a recipe nut. This site has great recipes.

    • Thanks for the note. I am so glad that you have stopped by! I hope you enjoy the soup. I know exactly what you mean about being bbq’d out. SOmetimes you just need a change eh!?

  12. been looking a long time for a good Beef & Barley recipe and this looks to be it, can’t wait to make it but one small question….what size can of tomatoes?
    Very glad to have found this site!

    • Glad you found the site! I use a 28oz can of the diced tomatoes. Gonna add that specification to the ingredient list to help people in the futre. Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!!

  13. Turned out fantastic!! We all loved it, I definitely have found my permanent B&B soup recipe…thank you! And thanks for replying so quickly to my tomato question.

  14. great soup kids and I love it.

  15. my mom used to make the same soup only she used oxtail that she got from the neighborhood butcher it’s one of my favorite. I just made a pot of it but I used your recipe but I’ve never used dice tomato. I’m going to try it today see how good it is

  16. I’ve made this soup a few times now. My family really enjoys it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Excellent recipe Steve. I made it today and its very tasty. I added a teaspoon and a half of thyme and a few small beef soup bones. Made a huge difference.

    Thanks for the recipe. It’s now stored in my recipe book!

  18. Made this soup today, it was so yummy! Thanks!

  19. Quite delicious, but I had the Ikea moment following the recipe. You know when you assemble the furniture, and end up with two screws at the end. Here I ended up with barley at the end…. Not to mention salt and pepper.

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