I tinkered with a few recipes and came up with this one. I have tinkered with this recipe and added celery once and leeks another time, for me all it did was add to the chunkiness, not the flavor; but that's really up to your preference.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir beef stock, tomato sauce, water, onion, carrot, barley, mushrooms, and garlic together in a slow cooker.

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  • Season beef chunks with garlic salt, salt, and black pepper; add to the beef stock mixture. Add bay leaves to the slow cooker.

  • Cook on Low until the soup thickens and the beef is tender, about 6 hours.

  • Remove and discard the bay leaves to serve.

Cook's Note:

If you have time you can brown the beef, but it's just as good without the beef browned because the slow cooker makes the beef very tender.

Nutrition Facts

359 calories; protein 34.6g; carbohydrates 31.7g; fat 10.3g; cholesterol 65.3mg; sodium 381.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (56)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2013
Really loved having this on the counter. Smelled so good! Tasted even better. Added a lot of celery for extra chunks. Two bay leaves are important to the taste of this dish. Pearl barley was so delicious to this soup. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2015
UPDATE: after writing my original review my husband and I heated the leftovers up for lunch. It had a very weird almost slimy texture to it. Maybe the barley breaking down a bit too much overnight. Very unpleasant. I'd possibly make this again (with changes) but definitely not save any leftovers. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Made this yesterday and my family thought it was ok. If I make it again I'll add some spices or heavily season the beef and then sear first to add more flavor. I would also add celery. I found the recipe as written to be tasty but a bit bland. I'll make it again with subtle changes and see how it goes. It sure made the kitchen smell great! Read More
(8)
67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2016
A very hearty satisfying soup! I made this soup with things on hand. I was concerned that some reviewers said that the soup had "no flavor" so I went a little heavier on the onions (one medium) and 2 more cloves of garlic as well as adding a 1/4 tsp of black pepper. I did use left over tomato sauce from a jar probably closer to 2 cups, and since I didn't have any beef stock on hand I used Knorr beef bullion for the equivalent of the 32 ounces . I pre- browned my beef seasoned with garlic pepper and onion powder (only had a a little over a pound) and used 2x's the mushrooms, (baby portabellas). Finally added a 1/4 cup Brandy (instead of wine) into the mix . The end result was a fabulous rich and flavorful soup. I will definitely make this again . Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2013
Really loved having this on the counter. Smelled so good! Tasted even better. Added a lot of celery for extra chunks. Two bay leaves are important to the taste of this dish. Pearl barley was so delicious to this soup. Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2015
UPDATE: after writing my original review my husband and I heated the leftovers up for lunch. It had a very weird almost slimy texture to it. Maybe the barley breaking down a bit too much overnight. Very unpleasant. I'd possibly make this again (with changes) but definitely not save any leftovers. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Made this yesterday and my family thought it was ok. If I make it again I'll add some spices or heavily season the beef and then sear first to add more flavor. I would also add celery. I found the recipe as written to be tasty but a bit bland. I'll make it again with subtle changes and see how it goes. It sure made the kitchen smell great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2013
Delicious! I used tomato sauce exactly like the recipe called for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2015
This is a very hearty soup! I thought it was a little bland so I added 1 T Worcester sauce 1 t each of beef and mushroom "Better Than Bouillon" and 1/4 C red wine. Delicious paired with a crusty roll and red wine. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2014
This was very flavorful. I did not use the barley-I cooked it and rice on the side (I loathe barley) and let everyone add what the wanted and how much. There is no need to change a thing. Everyone loved it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2016
Made it exactly as listed at least 3 times. It is delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2015
I have made this beef barley soup many many times and we love it...did cut down barley to 3/4 cup. Thanks for a wonderful recipe that works every time. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2014
This tastes amazing. Read More
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