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Ground Beef Barley Soup

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This comforting ground beef barley soup is a delicious dairy-free stovetop soup with ground beef that the whole family will enjoy. This recipe has 9.9 net carbs per serving, but see the tips in this post to make a gluten-free, low-carb version.

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I know a lot of people love Instant Pot soups and slow cooker soups. It is also very comfortable to do.

I especially love making soups with whatever I have in my freezer or fridge and I made this many years ago. ground beef barley soup This is one happy experiment that turned out to be a real winner. The soup is rich with vegetables and beef stock, and if you’ve never tried barley soup, you’ll be surprised at how delicious this recipe is! Also, if you check the nutrition information, you might be surprised to find that he only has 9.9 net carbs per serving of this delicious soup with a touch of barley.

Of course, barley soup is not suitable for a keto diet or a gluten-free diet, so if you have a need, you might prefer the Instant Pot’s low-carb ground beef and cauliflower soup based on this recipe. , see the tips below to adapt this stovetop soup recipe to a lower-carb version!

What are the required ingredients?

Want a low-carb version of ground beef barley soup?

Instant Pot Low Carb Ground Beef and Cauliflower Soup is a keto soup recipe based on this recipe. Alternatively, to reduce the carbs in this stovetop soup, cut out the carrots and increase the celery, and switch the barley for 1-2 cups of frozen cauliflower rice.

Want this soup gluten-free?

Substituting cauliflower rice for barley also makes the soup gluten-free. If you don’t mind sugar, you can use regular rice.

Collage of ground beef barley soup recipe steps

How to make ground beef barley soup:

(Scroll down to see the full recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Start by browning the ground beef (called beef mince in Europe) with a little olive oil.
  2. I like to put ground beef in my soup, but I don’t like a lot of beef fat, so rinse the cooked ground beef in very hot water before putting it in the soup. Selection.
  3. Another option to remove excess fat from ground beef broth is stock skimmer (affiliate link) Do it like this to skim off the fat when the soup is cooking.
  4. Return the washed beef to the pan, set aside, add a little olive oil if desired, and sauté the onions and garlic.
  5. Add beef broth (or vegetable broth (or canned)), dried parsley and dried thyme and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Simmer for 30 minutes, then add carrots and celery and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  7. I’ve rinsed the ground beef, but there’s still a little bit of fat on top of the soup, so skim it off with a stock skimmer.
  8. Then add the barley and simmer for another 30 minutes. (If water is desired, it is recommended to add a little water at this point.)
  9. Cook the soup until the barley remains slightly chewy, then add the balsamic vinegar, stir, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  10. Enjoy hot ground beef and wort!

Ground beef barley soup in a bowl with a spoon

More comfortable stovetop soup:

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 tsp + 1 tsp.Olive oil

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 2 T minced garlic (less if you don’t like garlic)

  • 6 cups homemade beef stock or canned beef broth (see note)

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 tsp dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots

  • 1/2 cup pearl barley

  • 2 T balsamic vinegar (optional)

  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 2 tsp. Olive oil in a large dutch oven type pan. Then sauté until the ground beef is thoroughly cooked and lightly browned.
  2. If desired, place the ground beef in a fine mesh strainer and rinse with very hot water to remove fat. If you don’t have a fine strainer, you can skim off the fat when the soup is cooked.)
  3. Return the ground beef to the pan, to one side, and add 1 tsp. Add olive oil (if needed) and sauté onions and garlic until soft.
  4. Add homemade beef stock, vegetable stock, dried parsley, and dried thyme and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. While the soup is boiling, chop the carrots and celery.
  6. After 30 minutes, add chopped vegetables to the soup and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  7. Then add the barley and simmer for another 30 minutes. (You can skim off any fat that floats to the top, especially if you didn’t rinse the ground beef before adding the barley. You can also add a little more water at this point.)
  8. When the barley is done and still slightly chewy, turn off the heat, stir in the balsamic vinegar, season the soup with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and serve hot.


If you don’t have homemade beef stock, make 6 cups with 3 cans of beef broth and a little water.

This soup can be frozen or reheated, but it’s a good idea to add more water when reheating, as the barley will absorb the liquid. Therefore, you may want to make two servings for your winter meals.

Karin’s recipe.

Nutrition Facts Table:



Serving size:


Amount Per Serving:
calorie: 270Total Fat: 12gsaturated fat: 4gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fat: 6.4gcholesterol: 67mgsodium: 1541mgcarbohydrate: 13gfiber: 2gsugar: 6gprotein: 26g

The Recipe Plug-In I use automatically calculates nutritional information. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy as many variables affect the calculations.

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Low Carb / Low Glycemic / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This delicious ground beef barley soup has only 9.9 net carbs per serving. If you want to make a low-carb (and gluten-free) version of this recipe, you can add more celery, less carrots, and switch out the barley for frozen cauliflower rice. Check out similar Keto soups. The recipe as written would be Phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet because of the carrots and barley.

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Historical notes for this recipe:
This recipe was originally posted in 2011. This recipe was last updated with more information and gluten-free and keto options in 2022.

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