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Beef and Barley Soup

Hearty, filling, and delicious, this classic beef barley soup is a keeper!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 235 kcal


  • 1 lb stewing beef cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup carrot diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided


  • Season the stewing beef with a good pinch of salt and pepper then brown it in a skillet in 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet, heat the remaining tbsp of oil and sautee the carrot, celery, garlic and onions until the onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the broth, browned beef, and sauteed veggies to a large pot. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the beef is tender.
  • Meanwhile, add two cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt to another pot. Simmer the barley for about 20 minutes or until it is tender but still firm. Drain and set aside.
  • When the soup has been simmering for 30 minutes (or until the beef is tender), add the drained barley and remaining veggies. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Season with the salt and pepper to taste, then serve and enjoy!
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