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Ground Beef Barley Soup

I first tasted this soup when a friend served it to our family one day after church. It's now a favorite with our family, especially our three children. —Maggie Norman, Stevensville, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 meaty beef soup bones
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes or 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large Dutch oven, bring water and soup bones to a rapid boil; add bouillon. Stir in ground beef in small amounts. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours or until the meat comes easily off the bones.
  • Remove bones. Strain broth; cool and chill. Skim off fat. Remove meat from bones; dice and return to broth along with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 1 hour or until vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 295 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1068mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • IGM
    Dec 15, 2019

    Very quick and easy...excellent...the green specks is the dry parley

  • Cook38
    Oct 6, 2016

    Have made this before, very very good!!!

  • pagwife1
    Sep 13, 2014

    The green is parsley.Who uses a scale to make soup? Good grief, if you dont like the recipe, move on already.

  • wild_violet1964
    Jul 28, 2013

    No comment left

  • lrtg2
    Mar 29, 2011

    I took out the carrots and added peas and corn and it was really good. The entire family enjoyed. I would probably add more barley next time.

  • vaneli
    Sep 19, 2010

    it was good tasted just like in restaurants. I just didnt add the parsley or inion powder. But came out just as good.

  • slosh29
    Aug 10, 2009

     The green you see are green onions..Alot of recipes dont add it as an ingredient because it is usually used as a garnish.

  • quiltb
    Jun 2, 2009

    This soup is kind of bland. Also I see something green in the picture and it calls for nothing green ?????What was left out?