beef and barley soup served in a white bowl with a spoon on the side

Savory Beef and Barley Soup

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If you are a meat lover, this soup is the perfect winter meal for you!

It is warming, hearty, nourishing, and can even help you with your weight management. If you check my Formula for Weight Loss Soups, you will find more examples of how to make delicious and healthy soups for your whole family!

You can pop this Savory Beef and Barley Soup in your slow cooker in the morning to absorb all the flavors, so that when you come home from work, you will have a comforting meal ready to eat! Alternatively, if you’re in a rush you can pop it in an instant pot to cook in just a few minutes.

Some sides that will work well with this dish could be homemade crescent rolls or soft dinner rolls. 

For a handy printable version of the formula and ingredients:

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Ingredient Selection Tips


Try to select the leanest cut of beef and opt for grass-fed and organic meat. The type of beef that goes well in stews and soups is the shoulder region of the beef carcass, called the Chuck.

The reason that this cut of meat is better in stews is that it has more collagen, which holds more flavor and tenderness than other parts of the cow. Collagen is important in a healthy diet because it is high in protein and is great for skin health, especially as we age.

Bone Broth

Bone broth has many health benefits and has a lot more flavor than basic broth, and this one contains a lot of collagen from being simmered with the bones of the meat. You should definitely check out this brand, Kettle and Fire.

Noteworthy Health Benefits


Fresh lean beef is rich in different vitamins and minerals, like zinc, iron, vitamin B12, selenium, niacin, vitamin B6, and phosphorus. It contains around 26gr of protein per 100gr of meat and varying amounts of fats like CLA, which have benefits for our health.

Like all other animal meats, beef also contains various bioactive substances, such as creatine, taurine, and cholesterol. Among the main health benefits of consuming beef is the preservation of muscle mass, and the improvement of exercise performance. Red meat like beef can also prevent anemia.

However, as in everything else, be moderate when consuming steak, and red meat. Make sure it is mildly cooked and always fresh. Grass-fed is always better than grain-fed, as it is higher in many higher nutrients.


Bone Broth

Bone Broth is very nutritious, as it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. Here are some of the beneficial things that bone broth can do for our health: it promotes a healthy digestive system, can help fight inflammation, and may even improve joint health.

In addition, bone broth can help in weight management, may improve brain function, and help fight osteoarthritis.

beef and barley soup served in a white bowl with a spoon on the side

Savory Beef and Barley Soup

Yum Caitlin Havener
This Beef and Barley soup is the perfect Winter meal for you! It is warming, nourishing, and can even help you with weight management.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine European
Servings 4
Calories 516 kcal



  • Prep all the veggies.
  • Put the olive oil into the pot, and heat it.
  • Dice the meat, and add it to the hot oil, just to brown it.
  • Remove the meat from the pot, and add another spoon of olive oil.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic into the pot, and leave them to saute until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the bone broth and vegetable broth into the vegetables.
  • Add the barley and peas.
  • Return the meat to the pot.
  • Add the cabbage, and savory blend at the end.
  • Stir, and let it simmer for about 55min or as long as you want to tenderize the meat without overcooking the vegetables.



Calories: 516kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 43gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1106mgPotassium: 957mgFiber: 9gSugar: 14g
Keyword easy soup, healthy dinner, low calories, low fat, savory beef and barley soup
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