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Beef and barley soup

Beef and barley soup features two local Ontario ingredients: barley and beef, and is high in fibre!

Barley is often added to food like soup because it is a great source of additional fibre (1/2 cup of cooked pearled barley contains 2.0 grams of fibre). In a healthy diet, kids 1-8 years old require 19 grams of fibre per day, and kids 4-8 years old need 25 grams per day – so whatever you can do to get some fibre in your diet helps you to have a healthy balanced diet.

Yield: 10 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 60 minutes


  • 1 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 1 cup onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups stewing beef (finely chopped)
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup dry pearl barley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. In a large pot, cook onions, celery and carrots with the butter. Once the onions and celery are tender, about 6-8 minutes, stir in the beef.
  2. Cook, stirring often, until the beef is cooked. This should take another 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the water, beef broth and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and stir in the remaining ingredients including the barley.
  4. Let the soup cook at a low rolling boil for 30-45 minutes. The barley should be fully cooked and the beef should be tender.