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Vegetable Beef Barley Soup | vegetable soup, vegetable beef soup, healthy soup recipe, fall soup recipe | @simplywhisked

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 60 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This easy, vegetable beef barley soup recipe is made with simple ingredients and simmered on the stovetop for a hearty, healthy soup. It’s the perfect meal for a cozy, winter evening!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons beef base (or 2 bouillon cubes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley (uncooked)
  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice


  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil to medium-high. Add stew meat and brown.
  2. Once beef has browned, add garlic water, beef base, bay leaf, and salt & pepper.
  3. Reduce heat, cover pot and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Adjust seasonings, if needed.