Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This has been a long time favorite of my family's, it is a hearty soup with so much flavor! This should be enough for 6-8 people but can be doubled if desired, and it freezes very well. The barley can be replaced with rice. I have made this soup many times using tiny meatballs, that have been browned first. The crushed red pepper flakes are optional, if you like some heat then add them in when cooking the soup. This soup is very good, and tastes even better the day after!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef with onion and garlic; drain any fat (if you are making this soup with meatballs, brown the meatballs first, then sauté the onions and garlic after the meatballs).
  2. Add in all remaining ingredients except Parmesan cheese, and simmer for a minimum of 3 hours, (adjusting ingredients to suit taste).
  3. Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.


Most Helpful

Outstanding. My Mom used to make something similar to this when I was growing up but this is much, much better. Loved the garlic and barley in this soup. Added some frozen peas and a teaspoon paprika & used about a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. I will be making this often! I love to try your recipes, Kitten, because they never disappoint, and they always go into my regular rotation. :-)

Epi Curious March 07, 2009

EXCELENT! The beef consume really made it

sherry1246 December 10, 2011

This is one great recipe!! And SO very filling... I didn't have consomme so used (gasp!) beef stock. Also added basil and celery. Next time I will try it with the red pepper flakes. Thanks so much for sharing :)

PjD#2 March 16, 2010

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