Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup

5 from 40 reviews

This Beef Barley soup is made with tender slow cooked chuck roast, lots of nutritious vegetables and slightly sweet nutty barley.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 23 lbs chuck roast
  • 2 carrots sliced in thin rounds
  • 2 stalks celery sliced thin
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 6 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounce)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2/3 cup medium Barley
  • 1 can corn drained (14.5 ounce)


  1. In dutch oven or large stockpot heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add beef and sear. Remove beef to a plate.
  2. Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, parsley, oregano and thyme and cook for just 1 minute; stirring constantly.  Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes, bay leaf and beef back to the pot. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the roast is fork tender. Add barley and corn; cover with lid for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue simmering for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove roast from the pot and trim cutting the beef away from any gristle or fat.  Cut or shred into bite size chunks and return to the pot.


  • If using beef stew and quick barley reduce the simmer time on the the beef to 20 minutes and the simmer time on the barley covered to 10 minutes and uncovered 5 minutes.
  • If you have the time use the chuck roast.  It has more flavor and will be more tender.
  • Sear the beef in a little oil.
  • If you are preparing for company peel the carrots.  They have a much nicer appearance peeled and after all food should be aesthetically appealing.
  • Use low sodium beef broth so salt does not become the dominant seasoning.
  • If you like a lot of flavor add plenty of fresh cracked pepper and a couple pinches of Cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper.
  • Do not overcook the barley as it will get too mushy if allowed to simmer and simmer.

Keywords: vegetable beef barley soup, beef and barley soup, classic beef barley soup

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