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Hearty Beef Barley & Mushroom Soup

Today was a SOUP day!

Beef Barley Mushroom Soup Not only is soup a great budget meal, its comfort food. It can warm you up on a cold day, and soothe you when you’re not feeling well. I pretty much use any excuse I can think of to make soup during the fall and winter months.

Today was a soup day for me. After taking stock of what ingredients I had on hand, I decided to make a Beef, Barley & Mushroom soup, and I think I have found a new favourite. Like most of the soups I make, this one was easy to prepare, hearty and filling, and I was able to prepare it in just over an hour.

Beef, Barley & Mushroom Soup

Makes 6 generous servings

Beef Barley Soup

  • 1 inexpensive cut of steak, finely diced (fat removed)
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 4 small carrots (or 2 large carrots), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 parsnip, thinly sliced (I diced the larger end, sliced the thinner end)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • Sliced mushrooms (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • Beef broth, bouillon, or stock (I used 2 Knorr Homestyle Stock and Broth)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder (or 1 finely diced onion)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)



In a large soup pot, dissolve 1 of the Beef Stock packs in 4 cups of boiling water.  Add the beef, barley, onion powder and garlic, and bring back to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium, and cooked at a low boil for about half hour.

Beef Barley Soup

While the beef and barley cook, prepare the vegetables. Cut the celery,  parsnip and carrots thinly, and dice the rest of the vegetables into small cubes so that they cook fast.

Beef Barley Mushroom Soup


After the beef and barley have been cooking for half an hour, add another Beef Stock and 2 cups of water, and bring to a boil again. Add all the vegetables, and simmered on medium heat for about half hour until the barley and vegetables are  tender.

Add salt and pepper to taste, and more water if needed.

Beef Barley Mushroom Soup





Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the mom to five boys between the ages of 6-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.

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  1. Demi Adrienne

    I love soup whatever they’re made of! And this recipe looks like something I should try. Took a screenshot already 😉

  2. Julie

    MMMM I LOVE homemade soup! Potato is my personal favourite! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing
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  4. Debbie S.

    Thanks andrea. I suck at making beef soup but maybe I will try HOMESTYLE STOCK BOUILLON instead of oxo. This looks delicious.

  5. Kimberly S

    I make a variety of homemade soups, definitely could use a good Beef Barley soup. This looks delicious.

  6. Ashfa

    My grandma makes a very similar soup but without the mushrooms 🙂 It’s perfect fora cold day. Thank for haring the recipe.

  7. Dawn Rader

    thanks for sharing! This looks like a delicious budget friendly soup.

  8. Jana Leah

    A lot of people only like to eat soup when it’s cold. I like it no matter the weather. This one looks tasty.

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