Sunday, December 28, 2008

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

Jess and Ada Ruth get a crock pot for Christmas

Every Kellerman must remember Mom and Dad's Vegetable Beef Barley Soup! I remember one time they were making a pot of soup, Mom had started it and Dad thought she hadn't put in the barley, so he added more. That was Barley Beef Vegetable soup. Mom was a little upset with Dad for his "help".

Terry and I had moved to Utah in the fall of 1976. I started craving this soup, but had no idea how to make it so it would taste like home. I called Mom and Dad on the phone, they were both on a phone, and had them give me the recipe. I don't make it too often, but when I do I make a BIG pot so I have plenty to freeze.

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

Soup bones - get some with meat on them
3 quarts of water
onions - dried - Tablespoon or so
1/2 cup barley - or so
Put into a large stock pot and bring to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour - or so


frozen vegetables - Use your favorite combination

I like: 1 bag mixed vegetables
1 bag corn
1 bag green beans
1 can whole tomatoes - or 1 can tomato paste - or 1 can tomato juice

Cook until vegetables are done and barley is tender


  1. I made the Beef Barley soup tonight and it was a hit. I followed Judy's recommendation and made a double recipe so we would have left overs for a while. I added some stew meat chopped into bite size pieces, extra dried onions and salt. I will be making this a few times throughout the year. Thanks Judy!!!

  2. Memories: While we liked the soup, none of us when we were small liked the butter beans in the frozen vegetables. We were not allowed to pick them out but most of us had strategies to get rid of them unseen...pockets, feeding pets under the table. In a very strict household everyone works out survival tricks.

  3. Forget my previous comment. I will be making this a lot throughout the year, not a few times. Nikki loves this soup. She can take it to school for lunch, it has all the good stuff she needs (carbs, grains, protein, vegetable vitamins). I purchased some stew meat and bones to freeze so anyone can make this. Easy as pie. :)