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Beef and Barley Soup

I love this recipe because it's so easy to prepare. It allows me time to play with my two children - Avery, 4, and Sarah, 2 - or work on craft projects. I usually serve it with crusty bread and a crisp green salad.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours 50 min.
  • Makes
    10-12 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 pound beef short ribs
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley


  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown ribs. Add the onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, water and bouillon; bring to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer for 2 hours or until beef is tender. Add barley; cover and simmer 50-60 minutes longer or until the barley is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 158 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.

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  • grandmascooking22
    Feb 3, 2021

    Really a soup full of flavor. I was afraid 1/3 c, barley wouldn't be enough so I added 2/3 c. barley and I shredded one small potato. Made it just right. I used 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of diced because that's what I had.

  • sarahewalters
    Jul 24, 2020

    Another Family Favorite!

  • Amanda
    Oct 1, 2018

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  • xkarenb
    Jan 4, 2017

    Too Bland.

  • Kathyjordan
    Jan 10, 2016

    OK recipe. High in cholesterol per the nutritional calculator I had analyze it.

  • gypsygirl99
    Jan 24, 2014

    I have made this soup several times and use beef shanks, cheaper than short ribs, and receive many compliments. The soup is very tasty.

  • Leahjanie
    Mar 1, 2012

    I haven't made the soup yet just found it on while roaming but it does sound good other than the tomatoes myself and husband and 4 sons do not like tomatoes and i was just woundering if it had a tomatoe taste to it cause if so it would be a waste for me to make just asking? thanks

  • MLabus
    Feb 12, 2012

    The genius of this recipe lies in the bone-in short ribs, I refer to as flavor missiles. The chicken bullion granules boiled with the ribs makes for a amazing broth. Unlike the previous reviews I added the entire 28oz of tomatoes. In fact I added 2 tbls of tomato paste to give it a nice deep rich base. FANTASTIC flavor. a tsp of basil, tyme, and oregano for personal touch and I'm telling you. Excellent soup!

  • krtekicker
    Feb 3, 2011

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  • 24mona
    Jan 15, 2011

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