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Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

The barley helps to make this soup filling and robust. I like to eat it with a piece of crusty bread slathered in butter.—Tara McDonald, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-3/4 quarts)


  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8-1/2 ounces) peas, drained
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 3/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the seasoned salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Add beef and toss to coat. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Add the water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and bouillon. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat and vegetables are almost tender.
  • Add the corn, tomatoes, peas, tomato juice, barley, salt and pepper; cover and cook 2 hours longer or until barley is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 364 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 852mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 8g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Lisa
    Jan 3, 2020

    Absolutely hearty and delicious. A great hybrid between a soup and a stew. I prepared as indicated except I used 2 lb of beef and I used “spicy hot” V8 for the tomato juice. It did not render the soup spicy, just enhanced flavor. The soup is definitely thick and my barley was not expanded enough after 1:45 so needed to let it simmer longer. When all was said and done I added about 1C more hot water to make a little broth.

  • ellimaye1
    Feb 24, 2018

    I love the peas, potatoes, and corn in this soup. I wish it had more beef broth flavor and less tomato. It was very thick and could easily have the liquid doubled while leaving the other ingredients the same. Overall a good soup that I would make again.

  • NanaH5474
    Apr 14, 2016

    Very good. Used ground beef and added the onion and garlic powder to the mixture. Used frozen peas and corn. Good combination of flavors.

  • xlsalbums
    Mar 30, 2016

    We liked this soup. It's a keeper.

  • waynejv
    Feb 25, 2016

    Here are some changes I made; soak the barley for a few hours,drain. Then,use veg stock in stead of water.No bullion cubes(salty).I used a small can of salsa in stead of the tomato juice.If possible refrigerate over night the taste will be greater.Oh yes I used ground hamburger and after draining l added it at the end of the cooking period.

  • martahowell
    Dec 14, 2014

    I made this soup exactly as the recipe calls for, except that I cooked it on the stove instead of a slow cooker. It was great! I will definitely make it again.

  • pinksuitcases
    Oct 30, 2013

    Tasty, but I had to add more tomato juice as it wasn't "brothy" enough for my tastes. Will make again, for sure.

  • peachynonni
    Oct 27, 2013

    One of the best soup recipes I have tried.