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Beef Barley Soup

Here’s how this Beef Barley Soup went down….
(Jake eats two to three bites of his soup)
Jake: Are there mushrooms in here?
Me: Hmmm… I don’t think so (Turning my head cuz I can’t keep a straight face)
(He eats two to three MORE bites)
Jake: MOM, are you sure there aren’t mushrooms in here?
Me: Yep, I’m pretty sure…
Jake eats a bit more and upon inspecting his bowl of soup declares: Then WHAT is that? (Holding a piece of mushroom on his spoon!!)
Me: Oh my… how did that get in there? (At which I point I can’t control myself any longer and bust up laughing)
Jake: MOM!!!
Me: You must like them now! You ate half a bowl of soup before realizing they’re even in there… Ha, ha, ha!!
Beef Barley Soup


Photo tutorial Beef Barley Soup

Brown meat, onion, celery
Add rest of ingredients through barley
Cover and simmer 45 minutes
Add milk and tomato paste
Jake ate the last half of his Beef Barley Soup VERY carefully 🙂 He still really liked it even after his detective work!
AND NOW you know the rest of the story…
Yield: 10

Beef Barley Soup...

Beef Barley Soup Demo


  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 large fresh mushrooms, sliced (I used portabella)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 3 cans, 14oz beef broth or 3 cups of water and 3 beef bullion cubes
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 large potato, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 C medium pearl barley
  • 1 can, 5 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 Tbls tomato paste


  1. In a dutch oven or large stock pot over medium heat combine beef, mushrooms, celery, onion. Cook until meat is browned.
  2. Add and stir until blended flour then gradually add broth.
  3. Add carrots, potatoes, salt, pepper, barley.
  4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until barley is tender.
  5. Whisk in evaporated milk and tomato paste
  6. Serve!

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  1. Ruthie says:

    Sarah… thanks for the feedback!! I'm so glad you all liked it 🙂 It is really good and easy too, didn't ya think??

  2. Sarah says:

    Okay I posted on here but it isn't showing! Anyways Wanted to say this was AWESOME! Beau had 3 bowl fulls!

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