Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

"I combined parts of several different recipes and came up with this soup that I've been making for years. As much as I hate cold weather, I'm always kind of happy to see it arrive just so I can fix this soup for dinner. I usually serve it with crusty sourdough rolls for a wonderfully satisfying comfort meal."
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




  • Remove visible fat from beef and cut into small pieces.
  • Brown meat (in 1 tsp olive oil if desired).
  • Add onions and mushrooms and saute for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for at least 2 hours.
  • You can add some water if soup gets too thick.
  • Pour into bowls and serve.

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  1. 5 Stars! Yep, it's that good. I modified mine a bit for what I had on hand. First was using shitake mushrooms (I had dried ones and reconstituted them with some of the hot beef broth). I used three big mushrooms, so I cut way back on the beef, to about 4 oz. I left out the tabasco (didn't have any). Since I've got a PC glazed stoneware pot, I browned the meat, sauteed the onions and mushrooms, and boiled and simmered in the same pot... how easy is that! And lastly, it looks delicious too. I agree with everyone else who reviewed, serve it with big chunks of crusty bread. Thanks for the recipe.
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  2. I found this soup to be lacking flavour. And it was much too sweet, probably from all the carrots. I salvaged it by adding 1/2 package each of Lipton onion soup mix and Knorr vegetable soup mix. Then finished it off with some Worcestershire sauce. I made my own beef broth with soup bones, which would have had much less salt than store-bought broth. Maybe that accounted for the need of extra seasoning.
  3. My family LOVED this soup. I thank you very much for posting this recipe. The only change I made was adding more water.
  4. Just the greatest soup for a cold day. My family really likes it and always asks for seconds. The tabasco adds to the flavor and I have found I add it to other soups as well
  5. We really liked this. It was wonderfully rich and savory. I made it as directed. Thank you for sharing.


  1. Shitake mushrooms, less beef, no hot sauce.


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