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Pot of beef barley soup garnished with parsley with a ladle dipped in.
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Beef Barley Soup

This Beef Barley Soup is comfort in a bowl. Rich beef flavor paired with tomatoes, spices, veggies, and nutty, chewy barley makes for the perfect stew!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 25 minutes
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Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 343kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound beef chuck cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup pearled barley


  • Add olive oil to a large Dutch oven and place over medium high heat for 1 minute. While the oil heats up, season the beef all over with ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Once the oil is shimmering, add beef cubes. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the beef is seared all over. Remove from the Dutch oven with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add onion, carrot and celery to the Dutch oven and season with remaining salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook, scraping up any brown bits that have formed on the bottom of the pan, for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables start to soften.
  • Add Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce and stir well to coat all of the vegetables. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then add crushed tomatoes and stock, stirring to scrape up any more brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add beef to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour. After 1 hour, add pearled barley, cover again and cook for an additional 1 hour, or until both the beef and the barley are tender.


Tip: Try and make sure your beef cubes are all around the same size. This eliminates uneven cooking that can result in some chunks being tender while others are tough if the size is uneven. 


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1143mg | Potassium: 1350mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5415IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 5mg