Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by MamaJ

I got this recipe from Epicurious and modified it to suit my family's taste. Once a week during the fall and winter I have "soup night" and invite friends and family. This is one of our favorites. I usually just serve it with homemade wheat bread. It is perfect cold weather comfort food. Enjoy!

Top Review by stinkin rose

We liked this soup. Very easy to put together although I did cook my barley separate and added it at the end. I also added extra veggies - mushrooms and green beans along with some Italian seasoning. I skipped the hot sauce because the soup had a nice flavor without.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven.
  2. Add meat, season with salt and pepper and saute until dark brown. (About 8 minutes).
  3. Remove beef and set aside.
  4. Add celery, onions and barley to pan and saute until onion is golden (about 15 minutes).
  5. Add water, broth, tomatoes, corn carrots, bay leaves, and garlic.
  6. Return beef to pot and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to med/low and simmer uncovered one hour.
  8. Add peas and hot pepper sauce.
  9. Cover and simmer 30 more minutes.
  10. Season to taste with salt and pepper and additional hot sauce if desired.
  11. Serve.
  12. Wait for the compliments.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a