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Beef Barley Soup {Instant Pot or Stovetop}

Beef Barley Soup (Instant Pot or stovetop) is a fantastic make-ahead or freezer soup, which makes it perfect for meal prep sessions. Plus, it's comforting and so tasty!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time32 mins
Building Pressure/Release Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Barley Soup, Instant Pot Soup
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 293.8kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak trimmed, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 3 large carrots cut into half-circles
  • 2 large celery stalks chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water (2 cups for stovetop method)
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Instant Pot:

  • Season the chopped beef with salt and pepper. Let rest while chopping the vegetables.
  • Set the Instant Pot to the SAUTÉ mode and allow it to get hot. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil, then half of the beef. Sauté until the beef is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with an additional 1 teaspoon olive oil and the remaining beef.
  • If there is any liquid at the bottom of the Instant Pot, carefully wipe it out with a paper towel (careful, the IP will still be hot!).
  • Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, then add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the beef broth and water. With a wooden spatula or spoon, scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to release any cooked bits (in other words, deglaze the pot). This will help to avoid the dreaded burn message.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, barley, browned beef and any accumulated juices from the beef bowl.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook on HIGH pressure and set the cook time for 20 minutes. Be sure the steam release valve is closed.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then carefully open the steam release valve to release the pressure the rest of the way. Carefully remove the lid.
  • Stir in the peas. The hot liquid will defrost them in a couple of minutes.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in the parsley. Serve.

For the stovetop:

  • Season the chopped beef with salt and pepper. Let rest while chopping the vegetables.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add half of the beef. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the beef to a bowl. Repeat with an additional 1 teaspoon olive oil and the remaining beef.
  • If there is any liquid at the bottom of the saucepan, carefully wipe it out with a paper towel (careful, the saucepan will still be hot!).
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, then add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the beef broth and water. With a wooden spatula or spoon, scrape the bottom of the saucepan to release any cooked bits (in other words, deglaze the pot).
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, barley, browned beef and any accumulated juices from the beef bowl.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 6 (Blue - Freestyle SP) / 6 (Green) / 3 (Purple)
Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I provide nutritional information for my recipes as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using the Sparks nutrition calculator and Weight Watchers points are calculated using the Recipe Builder on their site. While I attempt to provide information that is as accurate as possible, you should calculate the nutritional information independently before relying on it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 293.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 37.8mg | Sodium: 676.2mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5.6g