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Bacon-Beef Barley Soup

Here’s a robust dish that’s perfect for hungry teenage boys! Served over creamy mashed potatoes, this quick, comforting soup will really hit the spot. —Cathy Peterson, Menominee, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) home-style beef gravy
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Mashed potatoes, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, cook beef and onion until meat is browned; drain.
  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer the potatoes, carrots, corn and barley. Top with beef mixture and bacon. Combine the broth, tomatoes, gravy and pepper; pour over top (do not stir).
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir before serving. Serve over mashed potatoes if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 319 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1218mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • Steve
    Dec 5, 2020

    Fantastic recipe.

  • mumsay
    Dec 20, 2017

    Yummy soup. I did change it though. I cooked it on the stove, used frozen veggies, low sodium broth, Increased the barley, and added 2 tsp Italian herbs, a few shakes of seasoned pepper, and 1 cup of water. Will make it again!

  • jeni75
    Mar 10, 2015

    very good

  • 2aviators
    Feb 8, 2013

    No comment left

  • wasoongu
    Nov 17, 2012

    Yummy! I changed a lot though - didn't have any barley and not really into canned gravy. I made it on the stovetop, added green beans, and a healthy dose of herbs: sage, thyme, rosemary and a dash of cayenne and white pepper. Served with hot skillet corn bread. So good!

  • janetvinyard
    Oct 17, 2012

    Great recipe! My husband loves it! The bacon adds such great flavor to the meat. Thanks for a recipe I'll make often.

  • gingerriss
    Feb 22, 2012

    didnt think it was anything special

  • bjsilve0
    Dec 4, 2011

    Good but I like my Beef Barley soup better. This just needs more seasoning.

  • ddigoy
    Nov 6, 2011

    Very satisfying and delicious.

  • xlsalbums
    Oct 30, 2011

    No comment left