Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup

Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total: 30 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Barley-based soups are both hearty and delicious and especially satisfying on cold winter days and nights. Serve with some freshly baked peasant bread.


  • 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch peices
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1 cup packaged peeled fresh baby carrots, bias sliced
  • 1 cup lower-sodium beef broth


  1. Place the flour, basil, and a few pinches of sea salt and freshly ground pepper in a small dish and mix to combine. Add the pieces of steak and toss to coat.
  2. Place a large soup pot over medium-high heat and then add the oil. Once hot but not smoking, add the meat to the pot and brown, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes and then stir in the barley, tomatoes, carrots, broth and 3 cups of water.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve hot.


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