Nif's Hearty Healthy Beef Barley Soup

"This is an awesome soup that I make and freeze in individual servings to take to work for lunch. You can also use pot barley, but it will have to cook longer. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
1 huge pot of soup




  • Spray large pot with extra virgin olive oil spray. Over med-high heat, lightly brown beef and then add veggies, except for mushrooms. Saute for a 3-5 minutes.
  • Add broth, bay leaf, barley, mushrooms (with juice). Bring to boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes or until barley and veggies are tender. Remove bay leaves. Salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. lauralie41
  2. PanNan
    We really enjoyed this light and healthy, yet hearty, soup for lunch. I had to use half beef and half chicken broth as that's what I had on hand. Because I made this for the Welsh leg of CQ4, I just had to make and add a bouquet garni of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme from my garden while it was simmering on the stove. It added subtle herb flavor. It makes a lot so I'll be enjoying the leftover soup in my lunch this week.
  3. Linky
    Flavors were great; I love beef barley soup! I had some left-over rutabaga from making pasties, so added that to the mix. Only thing better would be to eat this during a gentle snow fall, rather than a warm summer's night!!! Made for CQ2017
  4. ratherbeswimmin
    Superb soup. I used homemade defatted beef stock. Loved all the chunky vegetables. Quite filling and left me feeling very satisfied. Thanks for posting this healthy soup recipe.
  5. pahealthymom
    We really loved this! I made it exactly to the recipe and it was very thick and hearty. Great for a cold winter night with ice all over the trees. I used the chicken broth since I couldn't find the fat free beef broth. Thank you for the recipe.


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