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Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

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Shut out that cold weather and serve up a hearty bowl of this beef barley soup with prime rib. Tender bits of prime rib, hearty barley, paired complimentary vegetables for one delicious bowl of soup. 

Prime Rib Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

Prime rib is a staple in our home, especially around the holidays. While we don’t box prime rib into just a ‘holiday’ food, I do find that we always have plenty of prime rib leftover at that time of the year!

Our family is not huge on eating the same leftovers time and time again, so I am always working on ways that I can make my leftovers taste like something new. 

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Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

What if I don’t have leftover prime rib? 

If you are looking for that no-fuss toss-and-cook type of meal, give this easy barley soup recipe a try. If you don’t have any prime rib leftover, feel free to substitute ground beef, leftover steak, or leftover pot roast. 

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Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

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Do You Soak Barley before Cooking? 

It depends on the type of barley you are using. If you reach for pearl barley, it does not have to be soaked before you cook it. As it heats up, it will break down and become more tender. For pot barley, it is best when soaked overnight, in colder water. 

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Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

Can Beef Barley Soup Be Frozen


For best results, allow your soup to cool down and place in a freezer friendly container whether it be a freezer bag or airtight container. You can freeze this soup for up to 3 months.

For quick lunches, freeze in individual serving sizes!

To reheat, just toss it in the fridge the night before, and then put in the slow cooker to warm up or stove top. Grab bowls and serve up a satisfying bowl of soup that tastes just as good as the first time. 

Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

What Is The Best Kind of Container to Freeze Soup? 

There are many options available out there, and I will share some of the top ways to freeze soup. 

Sealable Freezer Bags | You can buy these anywhere. Just ladle in the soup, try and remove all the air, and lay flat. This is a great way to use minimal space in your freezer.

Glass Jar or Bowl | Whether you want to freeze for single servings or a big pot, glassware is always nice. Just make sure to leave room for the soup to expand as it freezes. 

Plastic Freezer Containers | Plastic containers are an affordable option that works great for keeping your soup safe as you save it back. You can find whatever size you want, toss the soup in, and freeze away until you are ready to serve for safe keeping. 

How much soup we have left directly impacts how I store it. If I know there isn’t much; I make single servings of the soup. That way on busy days, I can grab a container and heat it up for a quick lunch while the kids are at school. 

If I think there is enough for the whole family, I store in a larger container and use it for a fast meal down the line. Label it! You think you remember, but if you are anything like me – you definitely won’t. 

Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

How Long Does Beef Barley Soup Last In Refrigerator

You can keep your soup in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. I gauge what we will eat and the rest I toss in the freezer. I don’t like keeping leftovers in the fridge for very long, so around two days we either eat them up or I toss it out.

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Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

Make Quick Beef Barly Soup for an Easy Family Dinner

This beef barley soup is such a winning soup to make. You will love the vegetables loaded with tender bits of prime rib throughout. While it is great for using leftover prime rib, you might find yourself looking forward to the next day soup more than day one prime rib! 

Reader Reviews!

Sooo good! I used leftover beef ribs that were dry-rubbed, just put the bones and all into boiling water for about an hour, then followed the recipe. Would make again.


Prime Rib Barley Soup
Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib
Yield: 12 servings

Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Shut out that cold weather and serve up a hearty bowl of this beef barley soup with prime rib. Tender bits of prime rib, hearty barley, paired complimentary vegetables for one delicious bowl of soup.


  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 2 quarts homemade beef broth
  • 4 cups chopped prime rib
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 cup barley


  1. Place the butter into a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and let melt.
  2. Add in the celery, carrots, and onion. Let cook for 5-6 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.
  3. Add in the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the beef broth, prime rib, red wine, ground thyme, and barley.
  5. Simmer over medium heat until the barley is tender. Serve with crusty bread and green salad.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 702mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 20g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Friday 1st of January 2021

Excellent recipe

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Thanks so much!


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

I don’t get it—4 1/2 stars? This is a totally blah soup. Lots of work making the broth, simmering the bones, cutting off the meat, preparing the veges. . . For a tasteless soup. I give this 1 star, and I’m throwing away the leftovers.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

@Carolynn, if you simmer the bones, you wouldn’t need to cut the meat off of the bone because it should just melt right off and the bones should come out completely clean. It’s really not difficult work at all. Bones, pot, water. You could also opt for boxed or canned broth, if putting bones in a pot covered with water is too much work for you. Another option is buying pre-cut veggies if cutting up veggies sends the workload over the top for you. Not sure what you’re doing wrong here but it’s an absolutely delicious soup. Soooo... 🤷🏻‍♀️


Thursday 31st of December 2020

@Nicole Johnson, well the first mistake is the reviewer can’t spell the word veggies. Making this tomorrow and can’t wait to try it! I am sure it will be delicious!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Yikes. I'm sorry you had that experience. Most people have had great success here, so if you'd like me to help troubleshoot where you went wrong, I'd be happy to. Hundreds of people have made and raved about this soup, so I'm guessing there was a step missed or some kind of misunderstanding regarding the process or ingredients.


Monday 28th of December 2020

This was great I added a tsp of white pepper took it up a notch.


Sunday 27th of December 2020

Very good! I used lentils because I did not have barley. Will make many times. Thank you


Sunday 27th of December 2020

So good! I added a bit of a flour mixture to thicken it up a bit.