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Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

This is a great beef soup full of vegetables and a snap to put together!

This is a very hearty soup that makes for a satisfying dinner. It is great with ground beef or leftover roast. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but it is also available online

Stove Top

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $20.86 as of October 2022.

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this dish will cost about $14.76.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 5

Serving size: 1.5 cups

Equipment needed: 1 Dutch oven or pot

Total time: 45 minutes

Equipment

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry there will be a savings of about $6.10.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $6.10 as of October 2022

  • bay leaf $2.98
  • dried basil $1.00
  • beef bouillon granules $2.12

Grocery

Total: $14.76 as of October 2022

  • 1 bulb of garlic $0.54
  • 1 medium onion $0.60
  • 1 celery stalk $1.79
  • 1 pound carrots $0.98
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz $0.88
  • 1 pound ground beef $5.57
  • 1 box quick cooking barley $2.18
  • 2 bags frozen mixed vegetables 10 oz $2.22

Tip from Me

You can freeze 1/2 the pound of ground beef and use it in the following recipes: 

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Sauté in a dutch oven until beef is no longer brown:
    • 1/2 pound ground beef
    • onion
    • celery
    • carrot
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  2. Drain the beef and add the garlic for 1 minute.
  3. Add the following to the pot and bring to a boil for 15 minutes, covered:
    • 5 cups of water
    • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 ounces, undrained
    • 2 teaspoons bouillon granules
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. Stir in 2 cups of mixed vegetables and barley and bring back to a boil. 
  5. Add 3/4 cup barley and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until tender. 
  6. Remove bay leaf. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 5 – Family of 2

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