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A white bowl of beef barley soup on a wooden table with a green napkin, spoon, glass, plate of biscuits and another bowl of soup.
Beef Barley Soup - Pressure Cooker Version
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Pressure Release Time
10 mins
Total Time
50 mins
If you're looking for a hearty winter soup, look no farther! Beef Barley Soup fits the bill every time. It's rich, filling and satisfying. You can choose to cook the barley right in the soup, or separately for a clearer broth. You can also choose to make this soup in the pressure cooker or on the stovetop.
Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: One Pot Meal, Beef
Servings: 8
Calories: 226 kcal
  • olive oil
  • pounds beef stew meat cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¾ cup pearl barley
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. Pre-heat the pressure cooker on the SAUTÉ or BROWN setting. Drizzle in a little olive oil and, in 2 batches so you don’t over-crowd the pot, brown the stew meat on all sides, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go. Set the browned meat aside.
  2. Add the onion, carrot and celery to the cooker, sauté until tender and starting to brown– about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste, thyme and cook for another couple of minutes. Deglaze the pot by adding the beef stock and scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the cooker.
  3. Return the browned beef to the pot and add the bay leaf and barley. Cover and lock the lid in place.

  4. Pressure-cook on HIGH for 20 minutes.
  5. Let the pressure drop NATURALLY and carefully remove the lid.
  6. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper and add the parsley. Remember to remove the bay leaf from the soup before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Beef Barley Soup - Pressure Cooker Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 450mg19%
Potassium 802mg23%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 2781IU56%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.