Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Easy Beef Barley Soup

You all know that I can enjoy soup any time of the year, but I am so excited that soup season has official begun!  

I've been wanting beef barley soup for a couple of weeks now and was pleasantly surprised to find that roasts were on sale at our local market a couple of weeks ago.  We didn't check the add before going into the store, since we hardly ever pick up meat at this market as it's usually a lot more expensive than the supermarket where we usually do our grocery shopping.  

We couldn't help but notice the bright orange sale stickers in the meat department as we walked by on our way to show Grace the lobster tank. 

Right away, I knew how I was going to use that roast!  

First, I made Spicy Chipotle Pot Roast.  This is the only roast recipe that I have ever successfully made, so it's a go-to meal when we find sales that are too good to pass up!  We had sliced beef with mashed potatoes and veggies for 2 nights before I diced the remainder of the meat for other recipes.  

After that, I made Beef Pot Pies.  Normally, when I make a pot pie, I make it in a casserole dish.  This time, I made 6 individual mini pot pies that we enjoyed 2 nights in a row!  

With the remaining 2 cups of the prepared roast beef, I made Beef Barley Soup.  In the past, I've followed this recipe for Crock Pot Beef Barley Soup-starting with raw London Broil.  But since I was starting out with leftover pot roast, I decided a quicker, stove-top soup would be the way to go.  

I was right!  The result was a very meaty, delicious soup that I served for 2 nights' dinner.  I also had enough for lunch for 3 days!  

While I'm super-excited to have another great soup recipe to share with you, I can't help but be very pleased with how far we stretched that single cut of meat!  Can't beat all of these meals from one less-than-six-dollars roast!  

Of course, my only complaint is that we only picked up one of those roasts while they were on sale.  With each meal, we've been kicking ourselves for not stocking our freezer for the winter!  


Easy Beef Barley Soup

     6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup celery, diced 
  • 2 potatoes, diced 
  • 6 1/2 cups water (see notes below) 
  • 2/3 cup pearl barley
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce 
  • 1/2 - 1 1/2 tsp. Chipotle Tabasco 
  • 14 oz. can diced tomatoes 
  • 2 cups leftover Spicy Roast Beef, diced 
  • 2 cups frozen mixed veggies (peas, corn, carrots, green beans, lima beans) 
  • Add all ingredients except for the frozen vegetables to a large soup pot. 
  • Bring to a boil. 
  • Cover, reduce heat.  
  • Allow to simmer for 40-50 minutes, until barley is tender but still chewy. 
  • Add frozen vegetables and allow to cook for another 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are done.  


  • Since I used leftover Spicy Chipotle Pot Roast for this soup, I replaced some of the liquid in this recipe with the juices/broth from the pot roast (about 2 cups).  The salsa and chipotle add nice flavor to the soup broth. 
  • I usually use longer cooking barley when I make soup.  This time, all I had was pearl barley. According to this article, pearl barley is a quicker cooking barley and is not a whole grain.  If using medium barley, use 1/2 c. barley and increase the liquid to 7-7 1/2 cups.  You'll also want to increase the cooking time to 50-70 minutes.  
  • This was a very hearty, meaty soup which we loved!  Next time, though, I think I will double the rest of the ingredients, for a bigger pot of soup (stretching the next roast even further)!  

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