We are remodeling the kitchen and getting very hungry for food again so I got out the slow cooker and made this soup. It's perfect when you do not have a lot of time. Since you can get soup bones that contain little fat, this soup is nearly fat-free. When the soup is cooled there is no visible fat at the surface.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place beef bones in a large size slow cooker. Add salt, celery stalks, onion, bouquets garnis, pepper, carrots, parsley and garlic. Fill slow cooker within 2 inches of the top with hot water and cook for 6 hours, covered on high heat, stirring occasionally.

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  • Add barley and cook for 2 more hours stirring occasionally or until meat can easily be removed from bones.

  • Remove and discard onion, bouquets garnis, celery, and parsley.

  • Transfer bones to a dish and remove meat from bones, being careful not to take off cartilage or gristle. Place meat back into soup, stir, and serve.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

58.4 calories; 1.9 g protein; 12.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 744 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
could use more information on the "spice bag"what spices are in the spice bag. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2010
I agree that the bouquet garini spice ball reference was vague. So I googled it and there is a website called Sara's Secrets that gives great ideas for what spices to use. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
could use more information on the "spice bag"what spices are in the spice bag. Read More
(71)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
could use more information on the "spice bag"what spices are in the spice bag. Read More
(71)
Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2010
I agree that the bouquet garini spice ball reference was vague. So I googled it and there is a website called Sara's Secrets that gives great ideas for what spices to use. Read More
(43)
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2003
This was a tasty and filling. I changed it by using the beef cubes for stew instead of dealing with the bones. That one change saved me a lot of time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2009
Could be a good slow-cooker version but I think the soup bones need the traditional browning and slow-roasting to really extract all the flavor and make this a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
I REALLY like this soup. It's a perfect meal for a busy chilly day. I made some alterations not because I thought it needed it just because I didn't have everything on hand. Instead of making a bouquet garni I just added 1t of thyme and 2 bay leaves along with the parsley. I didn't have any barley on hand so I simply added 1/2 c. of quinoa. SUPER good. Next time I won't add as much salt. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe! Even my kids lapped it up!: ) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/05/2004
Next time I will just use beef broth from a can and put the barley in it. This recipe I think was unnecessarily time consuming. Tasty though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2005
One of the best soups that I have made. I omitted the garlic but it was still good with the other seasonings. Also I added more beef to mine. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/04/2002
Though this recipe doesn't take much in the way of preparation it does not make for a quick fix. The slow cooker method took way too long. It ended up taking me two days with my busy schedule to make this recipe. Then after the long wait I didn't find it all that appetizing. I do not reccomend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2003
Easy to make and tasty! It's always nice to come home from work with dinner all ready in the crock pot. Family loved it. Read More
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