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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 133.1
  • Total Fat: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.2 mg
  • Sodium: 573.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 11.1 g

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Moms Famous Beef Barley Soup

Submitted by: JEEP_GIRL
Moms Famous Beef Barley Soup

Introduction

Easy to make, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already.
My mom use to make this in our family restaurant; it always sold out quickly!
Easy to make, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already.
My mom use to make this in our family restaurant; it always sold out quickly!

Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1/2 cup Carrots chopped
    1/2 cup Celery chopped
    1/2 cup Onions chopped
    1 tbs Butter
    4 cups Beef broth
    4 cups Water
    1lb beef (steak, chuck, stew meat, or whatever leftovers you have)
    1 (14.5oz) can of diced tomatoes
    3/4 cup Barley (use quick-cook if you prefer)
    1 tsp Salt (or less if you prefer)
    1 tsp Pepper, black
    1/2 tsp Basil
    1/2 tsp Oregano

Directions

In soup kettle or dutch oven, saute carrot, celery and onion in butter until tender (about 5 minutes).

Add the broth, water, beef, tomatoes, barley, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer until barley is tender (about 20 minutes for quick-cook, about an hour for regular).



Makes 12 servings

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SHYTEETEE.






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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this and LOVED it. I wanted to try another recipe BUT my husband said "WHY" you found the right one the first time. Yes, as always it is better the second day . Good the first day, too. - 3/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    It was fantastic! However...it does not serve even close to 12 people. I doubled the ingredients (except for the liquid and only used 1.5 cups of water with the beef broth) and got 5 servings. - 12/14/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I just got finished eating this and I was not expecting this to be as good as it was. Excellent flavor. I did everything as the recipe except that I decreased the water by 1 cup. I used chuck and it was tough so I might try a better cut of beef next time. I WILL make this again! - 12/28/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Added a zucchini, turnip, parsnip, green beans and a tin of corn. Using my slow cook, but already the flavourings are fantastic. - 5/23/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Our whole family loved this soup (including two Korean exchange students who are not always easy to please!). I browned lean ground turkey and used it in place of the beef. I'll be making this on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing! - 4/1/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this today while I was snowed in, so I had to use what I had on hand. It came out pretty good, but next time I'll make sure to get a better cut of beef. Overall, 4 stars for how my soup came out, and 5 stars for how I expect it would come out if made properly. - 2/10/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    A great soup! I added fresh mushrooms. Will certainly make this again. - 1/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Yummy. I had my husband make a double batch. Perfect fall meal. Loved it! - 10/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Tell Mom thanks, this was very good. My picky eater actual tried some and ate the whole bowl. - 4/2/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added fennel bulb and less barley. Great soup. - 4/13/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was very good :) And great for someone watching their carbs :) - 11/2/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Excellent, I added 2 diced potatoes and a chopped parsnip. I will make this again. - 3/4/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very good soup. I didn't have time to thaw beef, so just did a veggie variety with barley and broth. Still very flavorful - 1/24/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty and easy to make. It also didn't require me to go shopping for any "exotic" ingredients I won't use again. I will be freezing the leftovers. - 10/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner tonight, and I must say that this recipe creates a divine soup, I will definately make this soup again! - 9/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner last night. I made a couple minor changes. I would most definately make this again. - 5/2/09

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  • Loved it. Used 1/2 pound of stew beef which I precooked and added more veggies including half a package of spinach that was looking sort of sad. Mushrooms would be good too. It made exactly 12 cups of soup which is a serving to me. Good recipe. - 3/25/14

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  • I use London Broil when I find it on sale. I cube the meat and brown it in a little olive oil then simmer for 1 hour to tenderize the meat! Delicious! My families favorite on a cold night! - 11/7/13

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  • This is a perfect soup that is a meal. Just finished making it and will definitely make it again! - 10/7/13

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  • We love it. It takes us longer than 15 min. to prepare.Even with two of us cutting veggies. We always use super lean ground beef, no oregano, potatoes & cabbage. To us, it is never complete without being served with rye bread, preferably dark.
    My mother, an assistant chef, taught me to make this. - 8/23/13

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  • I made this soup last night and my husband and I really loved it!I think the reason why people are ending up with different numbers of portions is that the barley soaks up more and more liquid the longer it sits. I measured out 10 one cup portions as soon as it was done. - 5/21/13

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  • This recipe was AMAZING! My boyfriend doesn't even like barley or celery, but I still made him try it and he loved it too! - 4/12/13

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  • I have made this several times and my whole family loves it and there is always more than enough for two meals for a family of four with two teenagers so I would say we get close to 12 servings. Obviously if you cut back on the liquid you don't end up with as much soup. :>) - 3/1/13

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  • My 13 year old son approves and that's the critical test. Anything he agrees to eat again must be good. It was very filling and warmed me up on this 10 degree day. - 1/22/13

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  • Hearty, filling, but I only got 8 servings. Also added red pepper and zucchini for more healthy veggies. Will definitely make again and again.
    - 1/20/13

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  • Hearty and satisfying. I omitted the salt for dietary reasons, and the flavor was still very good. My husband added just a bit of Tapatio (hot sauce) to his to make up for the omitted salt. We'll definitely make this again. - 1/14/13

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  • Delicious! I made this according to directions and measured the amount when serving in order to calculate for tracking. It makes twelve CUPS. Our family eats more than one cup per serving. This will be a keeper in our household but if a person can find decent fresh tomatoes it would save salt - 1/12/13

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  • I made this earlier today and we had it for supper this evening. We loved it! I didn't put any extra salt in it, though. Otherwise I made it as is. YUM! - 10/18/12

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  • I used stew meat. It was very good. I didn't expect it to be so flavorful. I will make this again. - 9/3/12

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  • Tasty and filling. - 8/27/12

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  • This is now my very picky husbands favorite soup! - 4/23/12

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  • I made with few changes it was awesome - 4/13/12

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  • Am going to make this tonight...can't wait! - 4/12/12

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  • This is excellent. Very good way to use leftovers. I added frozen vegetables to work them into the menu. Really, really good served with warm biscuits. - 2/25/12

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  • This one's a keeper, and oh so good on a cold and gloomy day! I added some mushrooms and some diced parsnips (I like their sweetness) to it as well. Since the other comments said it is better the next day, I will chill the broth to remove some of the fat, then recombine. - 11/3/11

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  • I made this today and will be making it again - 10/17/11

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  • Delicious! I added red pepper flakes to add more zing but very flavorful without it. - 10/6/11

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  • Made recipe exactly as described. It was good, but I prefer a thicker broth. - 10/4/11

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  • I made this soup for my family. It was really, really awesome tasting soup. I did add peas and mushrooms to it though. Which made it taste good too! I was really impressed on how the quick cooked barley cooks in the crockpot. It was really good! I will definitely be cooking this again for my family! - 9/28/11

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  • This is easy and quick to make. It is very filling and delicious. Though it is great served as described in the recipe it gets even better if you can make it ahead and let the flavours gel even a few hours longer. If you have never made soup this one is really easy!! - 9/8/11

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  • Made this soup yesterday. OUTSTANDING!! Will make again and again and again. Did use reduced sodium beef broth. - 5/5/11

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  • I used sirloin steak that had been grilled last night and cooked it in the crockpot. This is similar to the recipe on the Quaker Box, which is what I usually use. Thank you for submitting this recipe. It saved my entering mine. - 4/20/11

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  • This had a wonderful, savory flavor. I substituted tomato sauce for the diced tomatoes. Totally delish! - 4/19/11

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  • Very good soup, I know I'll be making it again. As someone else on this site said, it really doesn't make 12 servings unless they're extremely small servings(less than half cup). - 4/10/11

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  • this is really good! You can change out the Basil for Thyme too....this is yummy as well! - 4/4/11

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  • What a wonderful soup. Our whole family loved it. I almost forgot to add the water (oops) I got 12/ 1cup servings. I will make this again ~thanks for posting~ - 3/23/11

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  • Very much enjoyed the recipe and will make again. We did add a bit more spice to it. Was good this evening and I know it will be even better tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! - 3/15/11

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  • Awesome recipe! I used more veggies, and added zucchini and spinach. New family fave!! - 1/26/11

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  • I've made this soup many times now and love it everytime. Very simple, amazing results! I've passed it along for others to enjoy.

    Thank you! - 1/23/11

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  • Absolutely delicious! I made a couple of minor modifications...I had an extra can of corn in my cupboard that I tossed in, and I cooked it a while longer to help tenderize the meat. I adored it!! - 1/10/11

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  • Great recipe, easy to make and had all the ingredients on hand! - 1/9/11

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  • We had leftover prime rib from Christmas dinner, so I used the prime rib (trimmed of any leftover fat) to make this soup, and made my own fat-skimmed broth from the ribs of the roast. This cut of meat plus the right balance of ingredients in this recipe made a superb soup! Thanks for sharing this! - 12/27/10

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  • This was great! I diced my own tomatoes instead of buying them canned-it still turned out declicious! I also didn't realize it called for 4 cups of broth and I only had 2, so I cut the broth and water in half. It wasn't soupy, but turned out awesome! It cut back on the sodium, big time! Very good!! - 12/9/10

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  • This was delicious! I added worchestire and a pinch of garlic salt. I also let the meat simmer all day, only because stew meat is tough. Meat was still tough, but the flavor was awesome! Will be making again and using ox tails. Thanks for sharing! - 11/28/10

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  • Oh my gosh this soup is amazing!! I added mushrooms to it and I plan on making it again tomorrow night and freezing the leftovers - 11/23/10

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  • Loved it! Used Red Mills barley and it made it very hearty. - 11/18/10

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  • It's on the stove cooking. It smells delicious! - 11/6/10

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  • I liked this alot! I made it with ground turkey and had to substitute brown rice because I am out of barley. It made 11 cups so I'm using just under a cup for a serving size. I will definitely make this again and will probably add zucchini and spinach to bump up the veggies. Thanks for the recipe! - 10/25/10

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  • Are you supposed to brown the beef before adding it to the soup? - 10/10/10

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  • Delicious! I made it as written and not only is it yummy on the first day, it gets even better after that. - 9/19/10

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  • This is just like my father used to make! I love it!!! - 7/24/10

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  • This was a really good soup! I used 1 pounds of ground beef because that's all we had on hand. It worked great! I added a can of Italian style diced tomatoes and I also added spinach. I add spinach to almost everything. Thanks for a great recipe!
    We will definitely make this again! - 6/10/10

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  • Very good. I omitted the meat (!) and added some hot sauce for a little kick. Very satisfying! - 6/6/10

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  • This was so easy and you almost always have all of the ingrediants. The flavor was incredible. I will be adding this to my list of my favorite recipes and will be making again. - 4/23/10

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  • Hello, New to this site and came across this recipe. I'm going to make it for supper :) I know it says it makes 12 servings, I was just wondering how big a serving was.
    Thanks - 4/21/10

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  • This was definitely better than any other beef soup that I've made. I loved the Barely and my four year old daughter had two helpings. Thanks for sharing! - 4/16/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe sounds great I LOVE beef/barley soup and can eat it all day. I'll make it for dinner and also take some to work with me the next day!! - 3/18/09

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