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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; protein 16.6g 33% DV; carbohydrates 19.7g 6% DV; fat 18g 28% DV; cholesterol 45.6mg 15% DV; sodium 614.8mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2007
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 water, 2 cups of beef broth, and 2 cups of chicken broth to balance the flavors. Also, I added fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Last, I only used 1/2 a cup of barley and I added the barley 2hrs. before serving it. The first time I made this soup I added the barley in the beginning the barley ended up mushy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2003
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 it I don't think I'll try this one again. Read More
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253 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 116
  • 4 star values: 90
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2007
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 water, 2 cups of beef broth, and 2 cups of chicken broth to balance the flavors. Also, I added fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Last, I only used 1/2 a cup of barley and I added the barley 2hrs. before serving it. The first time I made this soup I added the barley in the beginning the barley ended up mushy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2004
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 browned bits." I did that but my soup turned out WAY too greasy, next time I would just use the meat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2004
We really enjoyed this soup on a cold rainy day in winter...but....slow cooked beef combined with the barley did something ....um..cleansing to our systems! So I caution anyone with digestive problems to be aware of this. It was very delicious, that's for sure, but it's become a bit of a comedy thing around here when I threaten to make the crock pot beef barley soup! :-) Perhaps next time I'll make it without the beef, and add cold roast beef at the end of the cooking...that should be ok. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2004
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 last half hour....perfect!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
very good. You should give it a try. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
Took into account the comments about being a little bland. Browned stew meat w/ diced yellow onion and thyme. Added to the crockpot 1 1/2 cans beef broth 6 cups water and 4tbsp. of beef granules. Then added sliced carrots can of corn and can of diced tomoatoes. Two hrs. before serving I added the barley. So yummy!! My husband loved it and my very fussy no veggie eating teenager LOVED it also. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2003
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 it I don't think I'll try this one again. Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2007
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.! Read More
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