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Beef and Barley Skillet

I made this for my family one night when I had a meeting. My husband texted me (during the meeting, of course) to tell me it was fabulous!  A savory, hearty, one-pan dinner that everyone, even my picky kids, loved. Great comfort food for those living in places where Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet (me!). Good way to sneak in extra veggies, too!

Beef and Barley Skillet


Heather @ onceamonthmeals.com; adapted from Emily Bites


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 0.25 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 15 ounces beef broth
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup medium pearl barley, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 0.25 teaspoons salt
  • 0.13 teaspoons pepper


Bring a large skillet to medium heat and cook ground beef and onion together. Drain, if necessary. Add minced garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the broth, tomato sauce and water to pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir in the vegetables, barley and seasonings. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 45-50 minutes until barley is tender.

Freezing Directions:

Allow contents of skillet to cool.  Place in gallon freezer bag. To serve: Thaw. Reheat in skillet on stovetop or in microwave until heated through.

Servings: 4

Nutritional Info: Serving Size = 1/4 of skillet, Calories 382, Fat 7g, Carbs 49g, Fiber 7.3g, Protein 32, WW Plus Points 9

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann


7 Responses to “Beef and Barley Skillet”

  1. Jessica B. says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and loved it. I had a sense it would be a keeper just based on the recipe so I made a double batch and we have several bags going into the freezer for future use. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Belinda says:

    This looks great and I plan to make if for my supper co-op this week. What did you serve it with?

  3. Sarah Jane says:

    My husband and I love this! We have a beef and barley stew that we enjoy during the fall and winter and this is the perfect replacement for the spring and summer :)

  4. Erin says:

    Do you think this would work with quinoa instead of barley? Thanks!

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