Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

by jerseygirl on March 20, 2009 · 39 comments

It is the first day of spring and we woke up to a light dusting of snow. Mother nature, what are you doing? Today, Rita’s is giving out free water ice but obviously we might be able to make our own. Hopefully the warmer weather will be hitting soon.

I usually don’t make much soup in the spring or summer but with this weather, you never know. I made this several weeks ago and it is the perfect winter comfort food. My favorite part are the leftovers because it allows all the flavors to blend. I made my own beef stock but you can substitute grocery bought broth. I love making my own as it is so flavorful and inexpensive. I usually buy a few packages of beef bones and whatever type of beef is on sale. Fill a huge stockpot with water and simmer for several hours. I chill the pot then skim off the fat. This makes plenty for a big pot of soup plus extra stock to freeze.

Happy spring everyone!

Beef Barley Vegetable Soup
1 TBS olive oil
1 lb top round beef cubes
10 cups beef broth or stock
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
10 oz package frozen peas
10 oz package frozen green beans
1 1/2 cups barley
1 TBS onion powder
1 TBS garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium and brown meat. Add broth and tomato sauce and simmer for 1 hour. Add carrots, peas, green beans, barley, onion powder and garlic powder. Cook for 45 minutes or until barley is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Mary March 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I’m a fan of barley soup, Lisa. This looks awfully good. I hope the snow is gone by tomorrow.

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Sara March 20, 2009 at 3:39 pm

This looks delicious – I really like barley but don’t cook with it nearly enough!

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Peter M March 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Lisa, beef barley soup is a longtime family-fave…truly a meal of a soup.

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Donna-FFW March 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Lisa- This looks terrific! I have been looking for a beef barley, this sounds wonderful and it looks so delicious, I can not believe the snow this morning either!! Odd, huh?

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Pam March 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Mmmm. Looks nice and hearty – perfect for this cold rainy day.

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Maria March 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Happy Spring to you too! Love barley soup, I will just minus the beef:)

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Jennifer March 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Time to buy some barley and make the soup–I know what you mean about making soup now that it is ‘spring’. New challenge involving PEEPS

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Michele March 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Happy Spring to you too Lisa!
I could eat beef barley soup any day of the year. It’s never to hot for a bowl full of the stuff. :)

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Annie March 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm

You got me with this one. I remember eating this when I was little girl. I have to make this, thanks for posting :)

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Heather March 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm

oh, i love beef barley soup. yous looks so delicious! i am definitely going to give it a try :)

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Jeena March 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Now this is a tasty soup that is so rustic and delicious!

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Priscilla March 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Sounds like a perfect meal on those chilly spring days!

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Bridgett March 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm

This looks so hearty. I love barley soup.

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Erica March 22, 2009 at 12:43 am

Looks great Lisa! I love any soup that involves barley! Hope it warms up your way ;)

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Dawn March 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm

happy spring Lisa! let’s hope the warm weather soon follows????

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Lynda March 22, 2009 at 6:28 pm

This is delicious looking soup! I ‘ll have to try this this week as we are expecting some cool, rainy weather.

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Culinary Cory March 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I can’t believe you actually woke up with a dusting of snow! The soup looks hearty and welcoming.

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Allie March 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

Yummy!! Happy Spring Lisa!

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Jennifer March 23, 2009 at 10:09 am

That looks pretty easy to make.

I make soups a lot and have never made this one before. I’m definitely bookmarking it!

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Jeff March 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Thankfully our first day of snow was met with good weather. However, that could change in two minutes and be faced with a blizzard.

Great comfort food recipe!

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Aggie March 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I can’t believe the weather you’ve been getting! I feel guilty for actually enjoying our nice weather in FL!

The soup looks and sounds so good, we are having a rainy day today and I would so love some of that soup!

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Debbie March 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Looks really good. I have not had barley soup in ages….

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The Food Hunter March 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Looks like delicious comfort food to me.

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Bunny March 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I love barley in a beef stock soup! I need to make this!

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Tanya March 24, 2009 at 7:02 am

Barley soup is one of my favorites. I should make this this week. Looks delicious :)

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Elra March 24, 2009 at 9:37 am

Such a delicious and comforting soup Lisa.
Cheers,
elra

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Robin Sue March 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Oh how I wish my hubby liked barley. I love its taste and texture, perfect in soups. Great recipe!

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The Blonde Duck March 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I love beef soup! This looks great!

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GypsyMommy March 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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Mary March 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm

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Jamie March 25, 2009 at 4:32 am

Wow what a gorgeous soup. I love warming, hearty soups like this for family dinners.

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biz319 March 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I haven’t made barley soup in ages – thanks for the recipe!

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giz March 28, 2009 at 4:20 am

If I had to pick 3 of my favourite soups, beef/barley would definitely be in that category. It’s so hearty and warming and the season doesn’t really matter to me.

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burpandslurp March 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

just wanted to say, THANKS so MUCH for your lovely comment! it made my day!

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Jan March 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

This looks like the perfect soup for today, because after 2 weeks of warm weather, it’s snowing again here. Oh, and I have a cold, so I know this would make me feel a whole lot better.

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Chef E March 29, 2009 at 10:38 am

I love beef barley soup, and I must say yours looks better than any I have ever seen, even my own!

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melissa February 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

hi! i know this post is super old, but I just wanted to let you know I made it without the beef this weekend and it's making a lovely lunch. I linked to you on the post. http://kitchencanister.blogspot.com/2010/02/vegetable-barley-soup.html

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adventuresfromcloud8 November 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I am going to make this tomorrow, it sounds perfect!

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Anonymous December 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Good Afternoon

Great share, thanks for your time

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