Barley Soup Recipes

Wholesome barley is delicious in soup, and these top recipes for beef barley soup, vegetable barley soup, and more provide all you need to explore this ancient grain.

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Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 125
Family favorite. It kind of turns into a type of stew as the barley soaks up much of the beef stock. Best part is that it gets better with age, so make plenty and enjoy throughout the week! It's always better the second day, so you might want to cook it one day, refrigerate it overnight, and then cook it again the next day.

Beaker's Vegetable Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 1004
Easy to make and delicious. Vegetable broth, barley, and lots of veggies make this soup hearty and filling. I use and recommend organic products. Please add a review if you make it. Enjoy!

Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 1393
Slow-cooked chuck roast simmered with barley and vegetables in beef broth.

Instant Pot® Hamburger Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 105
Easy and delicious soup with a nice thickness. You can make it in the Instant Pot® or on the stovetop. When this cools, it will be very thick, but it thins out when reheated. Freezes very well.

Lamb Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 46
This is a hearty soup that is good for cold winter days. Lamb and vegetables are cooked in a beefy broth with chewy barley. You can add more vegetables if you like; this is very flexible. Serve by itself or with your favorite main dish.

Low 'N Slow Mushroom Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
This soup hits the spot all year 'round! Serve with soft warm rolls, and your family will be cheering!

Sausage Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 407
This is a nice soup recipe with a lot of texture and flavor. It is a welcome change for those weeks when there doesn't seem to be a lot of variety... and all 3 of my kids even loved it. This can also be cooked in a pan on the stove until the barley and carrot are tender, but I prefer the slow cooker method. The flavors seem to blend better.

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Tomato Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 263
I LOVE soup! This is one of my favorites. It has lots of vegetables and is full of flavor. I usually throw in some chopped cabbage. To make this a vegetarian recipe, use vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
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Very Easy Mushroom Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 283
I love mushroom barley soup and I was originally making one that took about 3 hours to cook. This one is so simple and easy and takes a third of the time. If you like mushroom barley soup, you will really like this. It's perfect for a cold winter night.

Hearty Hamburger Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 584
A stick to your ribs thick and hearty soup, filling and very good. Easy and quick to make. A family favorite in our house! Serve with fresh biscuits.

Mom's Italian Beef Barley Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 273
The best beef barley soup. Thickens with just the barley. Tastes best in the slow cooker. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and with a salad.
By RUSTEE
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Inspiration and Ideas

Beef and Barley Soup III
Rating: Unrated 115
This is what I consider the ultimate beef soup. Great on a frosty day. For beef stock, I use 2 1/2 quarts water and 6 teaspoons beef base. Also, use inexpensive red wine. No need for the good stuff here, and cheaper actually works better! Try with leftover pot roast.
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup
Rating: Unrated 262
A slow cooker makes this the easiest recipe ever. It has become a regular family favorite. So much so, that I was requested to bring it to Christmas Eve dinner. I usually use leftover boneless beef short ribs.
Chicken with Barley Soup
Rating: 4.5 stars 90

This is a high-protein, high-fiber, and low-fat recipe that is very filling. I usually double the recipe so I have plenty of leftovers. The soup freezes well. This soup comes out very thick; if you like a thinner soup, add more water or reduce the barley to 1/2 cup. This soup recipe is very flexible. Adjust amount of veggies and seasonings to your family's taste.