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Beef Barley Soup for 2

Who knew you could simmer up such a hearty soup in 30 minutes? This is packed with my favorite homey veggies and savory roast beef.—Sue Jurack, Mequon, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons each chopped carrot, celery and onion
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup cubed cooked roast beef
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 2 tablespoons frozen peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small saucepan, saute the carrot, celery and onion in butter until tender. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 206 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 650mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • Queenlalisa
    Jan 11, 2021

    I had a little leftover roast. This was pretty good. I like that it was a smaller amount.

  • dopalenik
    Oct 5, 2020

    This is a great basic recipe for leftover roast. I had a little left over pot roast and veggies and didn't want to make the same old beef stew with it, so this recipe was perfect. I doubled most of the ingredients, but since I like a soupier soup, I added 2 cups more of water with about 1 tablespoon of beef Better than Bouillon. I also didn't chop up carrots with the onion and celery. Instead I added my leftover carrots and potatoes during the last 30 minutes along with defrosted peas and carrots. Since I only had pearl barley (not quick cooking), I simmered it for about 30 minutes before adding my veggies. The result is a tasty and economical way to use us leftovers!

  • zoomerry
    Sep 2, 2013

    Everyone loved it!!! I think it was the best soup I ever had. It tasted even better than it smelled. We always have friends coming over and the night I made it, everyone wanted a taste.

  • SuzanneMarie2
    May 19, 2012

    Loved it! It passed the husband test - he ate three bowls! Good thing I doubled it the first time I made it....

  • Monabud
    Jun 4, 2009

    This soup is delicious. It is so easy and fast to prepare, and the recipe is easily doubled. I make this soup often.