Basic Beef Barley Soup Recipe for the Slow Cooker

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  • Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 6 bowls (serves 6)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
281 Calories
9g Fat
22g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 bowls (serves 6)
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 1188mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 28g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*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.)

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.


  • 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

Steps 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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