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Beef and Barley Soup II Recipe

Beef and Barley Soup II

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"It is amazing that only a few ingredients can turn into something so wonderful as this. Remember, as it sits, it will thicken."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings


  1. In a large stock pot bring beef stock to a gentle boil. Add beef and barley, reduce to simmer, cover and cook at least 1 hour.
  2. Check the barley, as to how soft it is. You made need to add more beef stock if to much evaporates.
  3. Add ground pepper to taste. Cook until soup reaches desired thickness.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 24, 2012

I didn't have beef broth so I used water, 2 beef bouillon cubes and a packet of dry onion soup mix. I only used about a cup of barley because a whole bag seemed like way too much. I also added 3 cloves of finely minced garlic, 2 diced carrots and a 2 ribs celery diced. It came out great. As it thickened I just added more water and the soup was very flavorful.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2011

Very boring but did the job of a healthy meal.

Apr 23, 2009

I found this recipe excellent, I added 2 cups of diced carrots,1 cup diced celery, 1 onion diced,one yellow pepper diced and about 4 cups of beef diced,2 liters of Campbells beef broth and added 2 cups of barley. as it thickended I added some water, I also added 1 teaspone of minced garlic along with fresh ground pepper

Apr 01, 2008

My husband gives it 5 stars, but I didn't find it as tasty so it averages to 4 stars. It's even better if you follow the suggestions below of adding the veggies and only ONE cup of barley. For those that like a healthier option, be sure to use natural/organic broth as most brands contain MSG.

Aug 24, 2010

Good base, added some veggies, onion, carrots, but was still a little bland for my taste, decided to try a little trick I noticed at resturant and add a little soy sauce, OMG it went from a 3 stars to 5, just make sure to use low sodium broth. It gives a rich color and adds more body to the soup. Try it you'll love it.

Dec 18, 2006

Very easy. I followed the recommendation to use 1c barley and added vegies. We used left over sirlon we had done on the grill. It was excellent!!

Oct 13, 2009

Easy to make. Next time I will put more meat and less barley. Better the 2nd day, but needed more broth.

Dec 03, 2007

Very simple and very tasty. Had some cooked striploin that I cut up small and added to this soup. Highly recommended whenever you have left-over cooked beef.


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  • Calories
  • 353 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.7 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 10.3 g
  • 41%
  • Protein
  • 20.6 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 143 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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