Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup


"A slow cooker makes this the easiest recipe ever. It has become a regular family favorite. So much so, that I was requested to bring it to Christmas Eve dinner. I usually use leftover boneless beef short ribs."


8 h 10 m servings 306 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 306 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.7g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 16.6 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 615 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the beef in the oil for 5 minutes, or until browned. Stir in the salt, pepper and garlic powder and place seasoned meat in a slow cooker. Add a little water to the skillet and stir to pick up the browned bits. Add to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the broth, water, celery, carrots, green onions, parsley and barley. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables and barley are tender. Add the thyme just before serving.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 170 Ratings


My husband and I loved this soup. I did however make some minor changes. First, I added one beef soup bone, I find that this always helps add more flavor to any soup. Second I used 2 cups of wat...

I made this for dinner last night and it was great, except for one thing. When I browned the stew meat in the oil the recipe said "add a little water to the skillet and stir to pick up the brow...

We really enjoyed this soup on a cold rainy day in winter...but....slow cooked beef combined with the barley did something to our systems! So I caution anyone with digestive p...

Great basics. Used all beef broth, added carrots, used 3 large yellow onions, real garlic, more spices. It was still bland at the end, but I found the secret....added some fennel seed for the ...

A nice budget friendly, easy soup for a cool winter day. I only had quick cooking barley, so I added it in the last 30 minutes of cooking.

very good. You should give it a try.

I found this soup to be to plain tasting for my family, It was easy enough and turned out fine, looked good, but there was just no flavor to it. I would recomend adding alittle something more to...

I used chopped white onion, instead of the green onion. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. Great way to used leftover pot roast, steak, etc.!

YUM! This is delicious. I used regular onion instead of green onion and everyone loved it.