Basic Beef Barley Soup for the Slow Cooker

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  • 7 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 6 bowls (serves 6)
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This beef and barley soup comes together easily in your crockpot and is the perfect recipe for a winter night. It's ready and waiting for you upon arriving home from work or school. Serve this hearty beef and barley soup with crusty bread or rolls.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound lean stew beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

How to Make It

  1. In crockpot, combine stew beef with onion, celery, carrots, barley, bay leaf, and beef broth.
  2. Cover and cook the soup on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.


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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 281
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 68 mg
Sodium 1,188 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 28 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)