This simple recipe for classic, comforting beef and barley soup highlights the nutty chew of our Pearled Barley alongside our flavorful Northwoods Mushroom Blend.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 140 min

Total time: 145 min

Hearty Beef Barley Soup
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 4 to 6 servings


  1. Heat oil in large, heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium-high heat. Add beef, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides. Add onion, and continue cooking until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add carrots and celery, and continue cooking until celery is slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add mushrooms, stock, water, barley and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 hours, until beef is very tender and barley is fully cooked.

  4. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.