Best-ever Beef Barley Soup

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Soups are my very favorite thing to cook! Many great soup recipes have been collected over the 57 years I've been cooking.....and this is one of the best. It is easy and the catsup gives it a unique taste that everyone, kids especially, seem to really like. The recipe came from a daughter, who is a great cook.....Sarahloves2cook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In Dutch oven or soup pot, saute ground beef until it loses its red color, breaking it up as it cooks.
  2. (I use a two-tined cooking fork.) Add all other ingredients.
  3. Simmer for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Adjust seasonings, if necessary.


Most Helpful

Excellent soup with a hearty consistency. Love the barley in it. Added a few handfuls of spinach just because I had was great. Also used a leftover beef roast for the beef component and added a few chopped potatoes. This one is a keeper; thanks for sharing. One of the rare soups I don't find too salty for my low-sodium lifestyle, yet very flavorful.

Epi Curious March 23, 2010

Love the soup, very hearty. Don't know where to find a 38 oz. can of tomatoes so I use a 28 oz. can or 2-16 oz. cans (maybe why mine seems so hearty). The ketchup gives it a subtle but familiar flavor. Didn't seem like enough barley but one cup is too much, I wouldn't go over 3/4 cup. OK with ground turkey too.

Cakeflake June 16, 2009

absolutely delicious! made in the crockpot, cooking on low for eight hours. will definitely make again. found i only had about 10oz of ground beef and was lovely all the same. an extremely economical, child friendly meal. thank you.

scimietta99 February 23, 2008

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