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Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

An easy recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup. A little more prep on the front end means maximum flavor at the end, and you'll still get plenty of convenience from your slow cooker!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 190kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck or stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 celery rib sliced (about ½ cup)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme or ½ tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup pearled barley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Pat beef dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat in the oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Add the beef and let cook, without stirring, until brown on one side, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir beef and continue cooking until brown all over, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Transfer beef to the slow cooker, leaving the drippings in the saucepan.
  • Add onion, carrots, celery, and mushrooms to the saucepan and sauté until the vegetables have softened and the mushrooms have released most of their liquid, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and thyme until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add to the slow cooker.
  • Add beef broth, chicken broth, water, barley, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours. Remove bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 502mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2565IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg