Beef Barley Soup

When Lisa Haggstrom of Cookies and More by Lisa takes a break from desserts, she loves preparing soups. “I eat it year round. My comfort food really goes to meat and potatoes or a hearty soup.” She shared her recipe for Beef Barley Soup for you to try at home.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 20 minutes 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Comfort Food
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable/canola oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced (1/2 tsp. minced from a jar)
  • 4 carrots slice
  • 1-2 cups rutabaga diced (small so that it cooks in the same time as the other veggies)
  • 6 cups reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups cooked ground beef ground turkey or chicken also work
  • 1 14-15 oz. can petite diced tomato roasted canned tomatoes are GREAT
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 2/3 cup barley uncooked
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 package beef gravy mix very optional
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook onions and garlic in oil over medium heat until softened. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered about 40-50 minutes or until barley is cooked. 
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.


Soup may thicken upon cooling, add extra broth (or water) to reach desired consistency.
Keyword Beef Barley Soup, Beef Soup, Hearty, Make Ahead, Winter Soup


  1. meetminnesota February 1, 2023 at 10:56 am - Reply

    4 stars
    Nice one!

  2. meetminnesota February 1, 2023 at 10:57 am - Reply

    5 stars

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