Hamburger & Barley Soup

Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 2hrs

Another simple but tasty recipe that feeds the entire family. There’s nothing more to say. Best served with some fresh, crusty bread.


  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1L beef stock
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil for cooking.


  1. Prepare vegetables, finely chopping the onion, carrot, pepper, and celery.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot. Brown meat, breaking it up as you go along.
  3. Toss is the onion, carrot, celery, and pepper while the meat is still browning, cooking for at least a few minutes.
  4. Drain fat.
  5. Add the canned tomatoes, beef stock, parsley, thyme, and barley.
  6. Stir ingredients and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat, simmer and cover for approx. 2 hrs.

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