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Beef Barley Soup

Do you love soup as much as I do?  I could eat soup three times a day, everyday for a month and never be sick of it.

My husband has another opinion.  He likes soup, but for him it’s a lunch item accompanied by a sandwich.  For me, it’s a meal.  For my children it means grilled cheese, because soup for dinner has to be shared with grilled cheese sandwiches or they won’t eat it.  My family is fickle and they make me crazy sometimes.

If you checked out my Smothered Roast Beef recipe from the other day, I hinted that the leftovers from that dish would be used in another recipe.  This is that recipe. 

And before any of you balk at this I’m going to tell you upfront that some of the gravy from that roast beef is used as the base of this soup.  Don’t go thinking that is weird, gravy in soup, because if you remember that gravy was made with a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup.  So really, it’s only fitting for it to be in this soup.  And it works.  Very well, I might add.

I make this in the slow cooker and it works out perfectly fine.


  • 1 1/2 Cups Diced Leftover Roast Beef
  • 4 Cups Low Sodium Beef Broth
  • 1 Cup Leftover Gravy
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 1 Stalk Celery, diced
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3/4 Cup Small Pearl Barley
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients in the slower cook leaving out the barley.

Stir well, season accordingly, cover and set to low.  Allow to cook on low for 4 hours.  At the end of 4 hours, stir in the barley and cover.  Allow to continue cooking for an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until barley is tender.

Serve up with some grilled cheese. 



Smothered Roast Beef

I make roast beef several different ways and this is just one of them.  This, to me, is the ultimate comfort roast beef which is simple to make and delicious to eat.  And I do something special with the leftovers I will share with you in another post.

This is a cross between a roast beef and a pot roast.  It’s slow cooked and tender like a pot roast, but instead of reaching that point where it falls apart when you take it out of the oven, this method keeps it able to slice but still super tender. 

And I will warn you now, it uses condensed cream of mushroom soup.  Don’t turn your nose up, believe me it adds to this dish and it makes a perfect gravy for the final dish.

Begin by taking your roast (I used a bottom round roast) and placing it inside a large size roasting bag placed in baking dish.  Season the roast with salt and pepper.

Take 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and spread it all over the outside of the roast.

Mix up 3/4 cup of cold water with 1 packet of brown gravy mix until well combined.  Pour over and around the roast.

Seal up the bag and place in a 275 degree oven on the middle rack and allow to roast for 3 1/2 hours. 

Once done, remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes.  Open bag, remove roast to a cutting board and pour the gravy into a serving bowl.  Slice against the grain and serve.

Smothered Roast Beef

  • 4-5 lb. Bottom Round Roast
  • 1 Packet Brown Gravy Mix
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup
  • 3/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 1 Large Reynold Oven Roasting Bag
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Place a large roasting bag into a baking dish.  Add the roast and season with salt and pepper.

Spread an entire can of cream of mushroom soup on top and sides of roast.

Mix 3/4 cup cold water with the packet of brown gravy mix until well combined.  Pour over and around roast in the bag.

Seal the bag with the twist tie provided in the box of bags, cut 2 or 3 slits for venting in the top of the bag. 

Place in oven on middle rack and allow to cook for 3 1/2 hours. 

Remove roast from oven and allow to sit in bag for 10 minutes.  Remove roast from bag, slice against the grain on a cutting board and serve with the gravy from the bag.



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