Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe was given my daughter by her mother-in-law, Merilyn. It is a low cost soup...but hardy and very nutrious as well as really tasty. Note from Chef, since several reviewers thought it was too much barley I have changed the recipe and have reduced by half the amount originally posted. Corrected Oct 2012.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large kettle.
  2. Cook until vegetables and the barley are tender.
  3. Option:can be placed in a slow cooker on low for 8-9 hours if wished.
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Most Helpful

I loved this recipe....simple staple. I used tri tip that was on sale instead of ground beef, added some Worcestershire & corn also. I made it in the slow cooker for about 8 hours and ate it for days. :) Thanks!

Trnquilit November 15, 2009

I liked this soup. I doubled the water, bouillon, barley and spices. I kept the beef and veggies in the same amounts as the recipe specifies. It was still a very thick soup once the barley expanded.

Nickeletta December 03, 2006

This was a fabulously easy & great tasting soup. I leave out the barley because it absorbs all the liquid & I didn't add the tomatoes & the Kitchen Bouquet until the vegetables were done, breaking the tomatoes up & cooking a few minutes till they were heated and that worked best. If you can't find Kitchen Bouquet you can use "Maggi" Seasoning Sauce & it's just as good. I had a recipe similiar to this years ago & lost it. Was thrilled to see this one & will hang on to it.

katiebee1 December 03, 2006