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Beef Barley Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
This Beef Barley Soup is a hearty, soul-satisfying soup that's perfect for the coldest days of winter!
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Comfort Food
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 449 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lb. boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 sprigs thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2/3 cup pearl barley
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped for garnish, if desired
  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef cubes, seasoning with salt and pepper. Sear on all sides for 8 minutes. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon to a plate. Set aside.

  2. Add the carrots, onions, mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper to the remaining fat in the pot, scraping any brown bits from the bottom and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring often. Remove vegetables to a large bowl and set aside. 

  3. Add the beef cubes, tomatoes, beef broth, water, thyme sprigs and bay leaves to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, uncovered. Once soup comes to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook until the beef is tender, about 1 1/2-2 hours. .

  4. While the soup is simmering, bring three cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add barley. Cook, uncovered for 30 minutes. Drain excess liquid, if any, and set aside.

  5. Discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves from the pot and skim off fat. Add barley, reserved vegetables and thawed peas to the pot and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Barley Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 1061mg46%
Potassium 1562mg45%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 5990IU120%
Vitamin C 21.9mg27%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.