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Beef and Barley Soup

This hearty homemade soup is full of flavour and perfect for lunch or dinner on a fall or winter day.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and barley soup, hearty soup, Winter Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Jackie Currie


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef cooked and drained
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cans beef broth I usually just fill up my 28 oz can from the tomatoes and use the appropriate amount of bouillon
  • 1 large or 2 smallish onions
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 4 med carrots I used baby carrots when writing this post because I was out of large ones
  • 8 tbsp pearl barley
  • 1/2 tsp thyme you can substitute with basil if you'd rather
  • 1/4 cup red wine - optional
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 bay leaf I never have one, so don't sweat it if you don't either


  • Brown ground beef over medium heat and drain fat
  • Put all ingredients into a large pot and simmer for 2 hours. 


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5280IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3.1mg