Small Batch Beef and Barley Soup, Hearty and Delicious!

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Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

This week soup is Beef and Barley Soup. Thick, hearty and filling soup that will keep you warm and cozy on cold days. I love how this soup could be a meal in its own. It’s like a beef stew, but even better because there are grains in the soup. Call me ignorant, but this is actually the first time I’ve tried making and eating this. Have I known sooner about this soup, I would ha been making this over and over again. Well, it’s never too late to join the band wagon of barley soup lovers, and the timing couldn’t be even more perfect. Although winter is not brutal in Vancouver, a bowl of hot and filling soup is always something that I welcome to my home. If you haven’t tried barley soup before, I encourage you to give it a try, you might end up liking it the way I did. But if you don’t like it, no worries as I have other soup recipes to choose from like Egg Drop Corn Soup, or Minestrone Soup, Creamy Mushroom Soup, Creamy Tomato Basil with Parmesan Soup or Butternut Squash Soup. Still cannot find anything you like? Stay tuned for the nest weeks to come as I continue my soup series, I will be making more so I hope you’ll find something you like.

Beef and Barley Soup

All of my soup recipes are small batch. First, because I am only cooking for one. Second, because I want to try different soup every week so that I don’t get bored with what I eat. It’s been working great so far and I am loving the portion of the soup. On the average, my small batch soup are 2-3 servings. Making Soup is not as strict as baking dessert, so if you want to make it into a bigger batch, feel free to increase the ingredients.

Small Batch Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

Because my soup  are small batch, I did not use the entire piece of vegetable. This is why I put weight measurement because measuring chopped vegetables by cups will not give a close if not exact measurements. Don’t get yourself stressed with the weight measurement, making a soup is not as sensitive as making a cake. Measurement especially vegetables doesn’t really have to be exact. Use them as a guide to give you idea, but definitely feel free to adjust as needed. You can even omit vegetable you don’t like and replace it with something else. I always put this reminder in all my soup recipes so that you will be aware that you don’t really need to buy kitchen scale to make any of my soup. In fact, I only use my kitchen scale the first time I made my soup just to get the measurement for the blog. Next time around, I always go with my own estimate when adding spices and seasonings. Now, let’s get down to business and make this soup. Let’s get started! 

Beef and Barley Soup


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 grams lean beef
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams Onion – chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic – minced
  • 20 grams Celery – chopped
  • 30 grams Carrots – diced
  • 1/2 cup Canned diced tomato
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 Pepper
  • 1/4 Chili Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 4 cups Beef Stock
  • 1/4 cup Barley

Note: Ingredients measurement are not strict, feel free to adjust as needed.


  1. Season the beef with salt  and pepper then coat with all-purpose flour. Set aside.
  2. In a heated pan, add oil, garlic and celery. Saute until fragrant. Add in the beef and saute until beef is slightly browned. Pour beef stock.
  3. Add carrots, canned tomato, tomato sauce and beef stock. Simmer until beef is fork tender. The length of the cooking depends on how tough the beef that you are using, mine takes at least 1 hour. Add more beef stock as needed.
  4. Once meat is tender, add in the barley, salt, pepper, and italian seasonings. The barley is done when it has tripled in volume and is soft yet chewy. For pearl barley start checking at 25 minutes. For hulled barley, start checking at 40 minutes.
  5. Season and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve hot.

Serves 2-3

Small Batch Beef and Barley Soup

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