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Slow-Cooked Beef Barley Soup Recipe

Slow-Cooked Beef Barley Soup Recipe

“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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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hardtouse User ID: 3390334 236158
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

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

scotland1 User ID: 1426757 216410
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."

Bcooks User ID: 5204614 149116
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."

ksandjs1 User ID: 539854 132064
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014


mjlouk User ID: 1712085 101481
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

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

demandy User ID: 4915593 154171
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"easy! I ended up cooking on high for about 4 hours and then low for 3 and it turned out great. Served with garlic bread."

cookiereun User ID: 1191442 154170
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Just to add to my last comment, this soup freezes beautifully. Wow! Yalk about comfort food - it's delicious."

cookiereun User ID: 1191442 132312
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"We loved this soup! Second day was even better. Will definitely make it again."

Wingslady User ID: 3694773 153010
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"easy and delicious. Didn't have time to brown the diced beef, so I threw everything in all at the same time. Was rushed for time so I set crockpot on high for six hours and soup came out perfectly. Had quick cooking barley and added the last two hours in the crockpot."

Modianne User ID: 2069422 207190
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"This was the best beef soup I have ever made. We loved it and will certainly make it again. It is a keeper!"

Bonerific User ID: 6184736 207189
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Great and easy for a cold winter night. Did cut the spices in half. Made with venison."

grjen User ID: 2792354 68212
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"This was really good and simple. I left out the carrot and added more bell pepper (dislike carrots). Otherwise I made as listed. It was great served with thick sliced bread."

farmlawrence User ID: 315126 157817
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"This is my husband's new favorite soup. To accommodate the ingredients that I had on hand, I used pizza sauce instead of spaghetti sauce, frozen "veggies for soup" instead of the fresh veggies, and browned ground beef instead of the stew meat. Very yummy! I would like to try it with the stew meat sometime."

kalisditz User ID: 6151042 81489
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"Super Yummy!!! We are most of the soup the first day I made it...but the second day it was 10 times better!!!"

char04 User ID: 2958136 149115
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"This was great. I cooked mine in the crockpot all day."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 59232
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Smells great as it cooks tastes even better!"

PaigeIdzerda User ID: 1582965 81488
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"This soup was excellent and easy to make in the crock pot in the morning, my whole family loved this soup, a new favorite!"

lauraeward User ID: 727148 153009
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"This is delicious and so easy!! Great for a cold night."

joniotto User ID: 1827180 147207
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"My husband declared this soup better than his favorite soup at our favorite local restaurant!! Love that it's easy and made in the crock pot. The only substitution I made was a sweet red pepper for the green pepper. Great recipe!!"

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 134581
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2009


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