Perfect Beef Barley Soup

The Perfect Beef Barley Soup Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.comWhat’s for dinner tonight? How about Perfect Beef Barley Soup simmering on the stovetop!

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There are nights only a big steaming pot of soup will do.

Cold nights. Nights darkened by the early sunset of daylight savings. Nights you want to sit by the fire with a cup of soup in hand, and a loved one by your side.

Making the Perfect Beef Barley Soup Recipe |

Our Perfect Beef Barley Soup recipe is just the sort of soup to serve on brisk winter evenings.

It’s hearty, rich, and packed with chunky goodness. Made with fresh ingredients, this is a healthy meal you can feel great about feeding your family.

A Perfect Beef Barley Soup Recipe |

My kids are always thrilled to come home to a pot of Perfect Beef Barley Soup sitting on the stove, with slices of Zucchini Parmesan Bread on the side.

Plus, this soup recipe makes a large pot that can feed 8-12 people. It’s a great meal for casual gatherings and also makes wonderful leftovers.

The kind that don’t stay leftover for long.

Healthy Perfect Beef Barley Soup Recipe |

Give it a go! Perfect Beef Barley Soup might just become a new family staple.

It’s cozy, delicious, and easy to make!

Perfect Beef Barley Soup Recipe |
4.75 from 4 votes

Perfect Beef Barley Soup

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Perfect Beef Barley Soup Recipe, loaded with vegetables, chunks of tender beef, and herbs. This simple soup recipe is easy to make and so inviting!
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 1/2 - 3 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 cups beef broth
  • 15 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 1 cup dried barley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary leaves (1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place a large sauce pot over medium heat and add the olive oil and onions. Saute the onions for 2-3 minutes. Then stir in the carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the beef into small 1/2-inch chunks. Push the veggies to the side of the pot and add the meat. Brown for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Then add in the broth, tomatoes, barley, herbs, crushed red pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir well.

  3. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat if needed and simmer until the barley is cooked and the beef is tender, stirring occasionally. About 30 minutes.
  4. Taste. Then season with salt and pepper as needed.

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10 comments on “Perfect Beef Barley Soup

  1. Karenposted April 20, 2019 at 3:37 pm Reply


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  3. Barb Nelsonposted October 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    My family enjoyed this soup. I made it with the dried spices and followed the recipe. It did take me more than 15 minutes to do the prep, but maybe I am just slow at cutting and chopping! It does make A LOT of soup. For a small family, you might want to cut the recipe in half. But it is a tasty soup. I will make again some day.

  4. Allisonposted October 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm Reply

    This looks like a good recipe except for the obscene amount of sodium. 1557mg?! I would make my own beef broth if it were available ! Could you recommend a recipe that uses

    • Chelsposted January 28, 2019 at 4:50 pm Reply

      Just buy unsalted beef broth or low sodium beef broth. Problem solved :)

  5. Karissaposted February 21, 2017 at 10:11 am Reply

    This is absolutely delicious! I love how much it makes too.

  6. Maria Lichtyposted February 10, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

    Perfect on a cold day!

  7. liz keltyposted February 10, 2017 at 7:59 am Reply

    can this be prepared in a crockpot?

    • Sommerposted February 22, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

      Hi Liz,

      Yes, just make sure to sauté the veggies and brown the beef over the stovetop first. :)

    • Micheleposted December 29, 2018 at 1:46 pm Reply

      Could I make this in slow cooker ? I know your only suppose to use little liquid in it.