Mom's Famous Beef Barley Soup

Mom's Famous Beef Barley Soup

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 198.6
  • Total Fat: 8.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.3 mg
  • Sodium: 573.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 13.7 g

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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

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 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!
    8 of 8 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!
    6 of 6 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!
    5 of 5 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!
    3 of 3 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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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I added fennel bulb and less barley. Great soup. - 4/13/12

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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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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • 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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  • I made this yesterday. I used a crockpot because I didn't have enough room in a pot. I didn't have a soup kettle or dutch oven. I liked it but it tasted watery and lacking in beefy flavor. I would recommend adding more veggies and less water. I'd make it again. - 9/15/17

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  • This looks really good. I hope to make it soon. - 8/26/17

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  • We have chicken on hand so I am going to try that! - 8/22/17

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  • Too hot for soup right now in Texas but looking forward to making this later! - 8/13/17

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  • looks delicious - 8/13/17

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  • Takes me back! - 7/31/17

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  • This looks so good! - 7/24/17

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  • I love soups and would make again. Easily done in a slow cooker, ready when I got home. - 7/14/17

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  • yummy - 7/6/17

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  • HOw did I miss this one? I am gong to make this in the crockpot! - 6/23/17

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  • nice - 6/18/17

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  • TRIED IT AND ITS GREAT. - 6/11/17

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  • Added some spinach and some kale and it was great. - 5/23/17

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  • This is so good! - 5/14/17

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  • A richly flavorful soup - 5/1/17

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  • Didn't change a thing and thought it was very tasty. I'll make it again but will add more vegetables to it next time. - 4/30/17

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  • looks great - 4/23/17

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  • Very good.......made a few changes to fit my needs. - 4/19/17

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  • How big is a serving?? I don't see that anywhere in the recipe? 1/2 c? 1c? - 4/18/17

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It was okay I don't care too much for barely.... But thought I would give it a try.... - 4/18/17

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  • My grandmother made me beef barley soup after I had my daughter because it was full of iron. - 4/15/17

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  • I love barley and this soup recipe sounds so good I cant wait to make it. - 4/11/17

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  • I love beef barley soup! - 4/11/17

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  • This is really delicious . I LOVE BARLEY IN MY SOUP . - 4/10/17

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  • This soup sounds great, I'm going to make it for lunches this week!!! - 4/10/17

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  • delish! - 4/6/17

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  • yum - 4/3/17

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  • Barley is do good for us. - 3/30/17

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  • Good soup Really liked it. - 3/26/17

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  • I love Barley and this is excellent!!! - 3/25/17

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  • Very good! for cold weather! - 3/14/17

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  • it was good but I used less meat, used olive oil to saute veggies and meat..used low sodium broth..added garlic ...used 1/2 cup of barley as we like more broth... - 2/26/17

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Humm - 2/25/17

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  • Great soup - 2/19/17

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  • I don't eat beef or pork so I used cubed chicken and the barley provides a different flavor than what I'm used to and healthy! Good for this type of weather we're having! - 2/16/17

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  • I added spinach to this! - 2/15/17

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  • I LOVE SOUPS - 2/14/17

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  • Yummy - 2/13/17

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  • This is the best comfort for cold rainy or snowy weather. I suggest this with a good movie and a fire in the fireplace. - 2/10/17

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  • I followed the recipe pretty closely. The only thing I didn't have was a can of tomatoes so I improvised with a 12 oz can of low sodium V8 juice and reduced the water by a cup or so. I really was very good and fast and easy to prepare :) - 2/9/17

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  • loved it. my new favorite recipe - 2/9/17

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  • looks great - 2/4/17

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  • This is wonderful...so tasty! - 1/29/17

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  • looking good! - 1/27/17

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  • This sounds great! - 1/25/17

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  • will try this looks so good - 1/25/17

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  • This is awesome! Thank you for sharing!
    - 1/24/17

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  • The soup is great! - 1/24/17

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  • I really like this recipe! It's easy and delicious and pretty economical too. Doubled it, makes a huge amount of food! - 2/2/15

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  • Perfect made I just as printed with left over roast beef. Enough for 2 meals and able to freeze some for latter. Just two of us eating it. Great Job! - 12/31/14

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  • This was great but by day 3 the barley soaked up all the liquid and the texture became gooey ( no, my barley was NOT overcooked)...I will make it again but cut the recipe in half to avoid so much leftovers. - 10/20/14

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  • I cut down on the sodium by making my own beef stock (no salt) and using "no salt added" tomatoes. Also, doubled the vegetables, since I just wanted more of them. It was awesome. - 10/3/14

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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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