Rating: 4.1 stars
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a wonderfully easy soup made from leftover veggies. It fills the house with such a great aroma. We call it Potpourri Soup. You can try it with ground turkey instead of ground beef. If you do, replace one cup of the water with a small can of beef broth.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine the ground beef and onions and saute for 10 minutes, or until the beef is browned and the onions are tender.

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  • Add the water, tomatoes, barley, carrots, celery, beans, salt, ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce and hot pepper sauce to taste.

  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, or until all vegetables and barley are tender.

Nutrition Facts

586 calories; protein 29.7g; carbohydrates 50.9g; fat 31.9g; cholesterol 96.9mg; sodium 2705.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2004
Hi everyone, I wrote this recipe when I was just out of high school! Now I am just finishing with graduate school and I realize it should be tablespoons instead of teaspoons for the worchshire and steak sauce. No wonder it was bland! As with any soup though, it is all a matter of taste so add as much as you like to make it taste good. I just give them both a good shaking into the pot and often have to experiment with adding more or adding more water! Read More
(17)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
This turned out to be a nice spagetti sauce without the barley but did not resemble soup. Barley must be cooked for a long time or sooked over night in advance. Read More
(7)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2004
Hi everyone, I wrote this recipe when I was just out of high school! Now I am just finishing with graduate school and I realize it should be tablespoons instead of teaspoons for the worchshire and steak sauce. No wonder it was bland! As with any soup though, it is all a matter of taste so add as much as you like to make it taste good. I just give them both a good shaking into the pot and often have to experiment with adding more or adding more water! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This soup is delicious and so easy to make. I left out the salt/pepper worcestershire sauce steak sauce and hot pepper sauce and added a couple of beef bouillion cubes instead. I also added chopped zuchinni and a can of cream style corn. It was delicious. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2010
I replaced 4 of the cups of water with chicken broth and I used more steak sauce (A-1) and hot sacue then this recipe called for along with some parsley and season salt. The one thing I would do differently next time is to double the barley because I found myself hunting for it with just 1/3 cup. All in and all it is a good recipe and I really like the addition of the steak sauce. Although I feel it needs a bit of tweaking it is still a fast and hearty soup and I will make again. Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2010
This soup is EXCELLENT in aroma and flavor.Both Hubby and i give it 5 stars.Only change I made was to use no salt instead of salt.Thanks for a great nourishing soup Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2004
This was pretty good and easy to make. It ended up being more like 6 to 8 servings. I increased the Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce at the end quite a bit as it tasted a bit bland. Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
This turned out to be a nice spagetti sauce without the barley but did not resemble soup. Barley must be cooked for a long time or sooked over night in advance. Read More
(7)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Emily you did a good job submitting this receipe it was great. Very easy to make and put together. Very filling and nutritious. Tastes great I am putting this in my receipes to use more often. Can't wait to try it out on my children. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2004
I had to massively spice this recipe up to make it palatable... it was bland as is. I added some garlic tarragon whole pepper red pepper flakes and beef bouillon but I don't think I'll make this again. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2018
I made it according to recipe except I was out of steak sauce. It has a flavor profile similar to a mixture of chili and beef barley stews. My husband and two of three kids really liked it too. I will make this again. Read More