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Ground Beef and Barley Soup

I came across this recipe years ago at a recipe exchange through a church group. The contributor didn't sign her name, so I don't know who to thank. But my husband and son thank me for preparing it by helping themselves to seconds and thirds! - Ellen McCleary, Scotland, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 bay leaf


  • In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 168 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 452mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • gaylene2
    Feb 11, 2021

    My daughter loved this soup. I used left over steak and reheated it in a bit if olive oil to add flavor. I made my own bouillon. Very easy to make with a yummy flavor.

  • Cheryl
    Feb 21, 2020

    I really like this recipe. Easy to make. I have canned this soup for my daughter in college who loves this soup. It's a favorite.

    Jan 19, 2019

    This recipe is easy and delicious. I halved the beef and added ground pork for the other half. This is definitely a do again recipe.

  • TheDix
    May 15, 2018

    Excellent--hearty comfort food. I substituted 3 can tomato sauce for the diced tomatoes. I wish summer wasn't coming or I'd make it again soon. A keeper to be made in cooler months.

  • ahmom
    Apr 23, 2016

    This was very good. I tossed in a few mushrooms that needed used up. Substituted tomato sauce for the soup because I didn't have the soup.

  • KathyCooks1943
    Feb 2, 2016

    Some people do not belong in the kitchen. Uwasv-waya is one of them. For Pete's sake it is soup! Folks next time you cooks send in a recipe have your tape measure handy. It's a good soup. My stars aren't working. 5 stars

  • alan6
    Nov 17, 2015

    This is an easy fast and delicious recipe for soup lovers. Thank you for the posting. Alan in New Hampshire

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    Jul 31, 2015


  • chinodon
    Mar 1, 2015

    My family loved it. prepared it exactly is a recipe directs. My wife is not crazy about soup but she absolutely loves this one. It has so much flavor.

  • Amy the Midwife
    Feb 5, 2013

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