Beef and Barley Soup

163 Reviews
97% would make this recipe again

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 1 h
190 calories/serving


1/2 onions, diced 100 g
2 stalks celery, diced 140 g
2 1/2 carrots, diced 260 g
10 button (white) mushrooms, thinly sliced 140 g
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
2 potatoes, peeled and diced 400 g
180 g stewing beef cubes, diced
1/3 cup pearl barley 60 g
4 cups beef broth 1 L


  1. Prepare the vegetables: Dice the onion, celery and carrots; thinly slice the mushrooms; mince or press the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and mushrooms, then sauté until they are tender, about 10 min. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, peel and dice the potatoes; dice the beef cubes into small pieces (about 1 cm).
  3. Add the barley, potatoes, and beef, then sauté 2 min with stirring. Pour in the broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer 50 min, or until the barley and potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Adjust the seasoning, ladle the soup into bowls then serve.


The soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (330 g)


% Daily Value




5 g

7 %

Saturated 1.4 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

7 %


20 mg


490 mg

21 %


26 g

9 %


3 g

13 %


3 g

Net Carbs

23 g


11 g

Vitamin A

79 %

Vitamin C

13 %


4 %


13 %


This recipe is :
Excellent source of  :
Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Zinc
Good source of  :
Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K
Source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Low  :
Cholesterol, Saturated Fat
Free  :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1
Vegetables 1
Meat and Alternatives 1
Fats 1

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163 Reviews (151 with rating only) 97% would make this recipe again
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march 19, 2017 | I would make this recipe again

Really good. Chuck stew meat.

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october 20, 2021

Perfect soup for a cold Canadian winter night! Loved the pearl barley. I added cheese tortellini and doubled the broth as well as adding vegetable broth to the mix. Definitely will be making this for my family again!

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

sliced mushrooms were awsome

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march 21, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

Yummy! Doubled the broth and the beef.

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

It was really great and my kids love it too!

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

Loved it! The barley really absorbs the broth, so you want to add additional broth. I made a big pot and froze the extra.

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

What a great dish! The family really loved it ... but the barley really soaks up the broth so you will want to add a bit more. Will definately be making this again!

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september 22, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

This was a great soup, just perfect for those cold winter nights! It was thick, tasty, and real good comfort food.

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