Slow-Cooked Beef Barley Soup Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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“My hubby doesn't usually consider a bowl of soup 'dinner,' but this hearty, comforting soup, served with cornbread on the side, got a thumbs up…even from him!” Ginny Perkins - Columbiana, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 2/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 259 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 1316mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein


  1. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil over medium heat; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the vegetables, broth, water, spaghetti sauce, barley and seasonings.
  3. Stir in beef. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meat is tender. Skim fat. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Beef Barley Soup in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009, p64

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Excellent soup and easy to make. Will put it in my very favorites cook book!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Soup was very good. Will make it the next time. But I will go easy on the spices. It was delicious with corn bread. Will spray the Crock pot with pam spray first to keep the ingredients from sticking to the sides."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Good flavor in this easy to make soup. I added some frozen green beans and corn that I had on hand too."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014


Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"Really good on a cold winter's night! Love a great low-cal soup that has meat in it!"

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