Oma's Beef Barley Soup Recipe ~ Rindfleisch Gerstensuppe

Make this beef barley soup recipe, Gerstensuppe mit Rindfleisch, when you need some real stick-to-your-ribs kind of German comfort food. Easy to change up and use what you have in your fridge.

Barley is a very healthy grain to incorporate into your diet.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

115 minutes

Total Time

125 minutes


Makes 8 servings


  • 1 pound bottom round steak
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 7½ cups water
  • bouillon cubes (Check package. Use enough for 5 cups liquid)
  • ⅔ cup pot barley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped onion


  1. Cut the beef into ½-inch cubes.
  2. In a large stock pot, brown the beef in the olive. Stir in water (preferably hot or boiling), bouillon cubes, barley, salt, bay leaves, and some freshly ground pepper.
  3. Bring to boil. Cover, reducing heat to a simmer. 
  4. Simmer about 1 hour. 
  5. Add celery, carrots, and onions.
  6. Cover and continue to simmer for about 45 minutes until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  7. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Remove bay leaves.

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