Crock Pot Beef, Vegetable, and Barley Soup

beef barley soup

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  • Total: 10 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
379 Calories
6g Fat
55g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 379
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 1218mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Protein 28g
Calcium 154mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Serve this delicious and hearty soup with crusty bread or rolls and a tossed salad. The beef shanks on the bone add extra flavor to the broth. If you don't have beef shanks, use an extra 1/2 to 1 pound of stewing beef.


  • 1/2 pound of stew beef (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 or 2 meaty beef shanks
  • 2 cups carrots (sliced thin)
  • 2 ribs celery (with tops, sliced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • Optional: 3/4 cup frozen lima beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 4 to 5 cups beef broth (preferably low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup barley
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas (thawed under cold running water)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add everything but the barley and peas to the 5 to 6-quart crock pot. Add water to within 1 1/2 inches of the top and stir. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beef is tender. Remove the beef shanks to a plate and cut the meat from the bones. Discard the bones.

  3. Add the beef back to the slow cooker along with the barley. Increase the heat to HIGH and cook for about 1 hour and 45 minutes longer. Add the thawed peas and continue cooking on HIGH for about 15 minutes longer, or until the barley is tender.

  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • Wrap a loaf of crusty bread, and warm it in a 350 F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until warm. Serve with the soup.
  • Freeze leftover soup in 1 or 2-cup individual portions.

Recipe Variations

  • Add 1 cup of frozen corn kernels along with the barley.
  • The vegetables are versatile as well. Feel free to add some sliced mushrooms, diced rutabaga, or parsnips to the soup.