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Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup is a great beef soup full of vegetables such as carrots, peas, green beans, and more it is a snap to put together!

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup is a very hearty and makes for a satisfying dinner. It is great with ground beef or leftover roast. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2014 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Is there anything better than a bowl of hearty soup with a grilled cheese on a cold winter day? In my opinion, no! This soup is packed full of vegetables so I don’t feel guilty at all pairing it with a warm grilled cheese. I hope you find it as satisfyingly as we do!

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Recipe serves: 5

Serving size: 1.5 cups

Total time: 45 minutes

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

Pantry & Spices

  • bay leaf
  • dried basil
  • beef bouillon granules


  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 box quick cooking barley
  • 2 bags frozen mixed vegetables 10 oz

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. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. 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
  3. Drain the beef and add the garlic for 1 minute.
  4. 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
  5. Stir in 2 cups of mixed vegetables and barley and bring back to a boil. 
  6. Add 3/4 cup barley and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until tender. 
  7. Remove bay leaf. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 5

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