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Creamy Beef Mushroom Barley Soup in a Slow Cooker

Namaste Mama

"A wintertime comfort food at its best. I cook for 8 people with big appetites, so halve this recipe for a smaller group. If you like green bean casserole, try adding green beans and some fried onions on top for a tasty twist. Remember, homemade broth has the best flavor, but you can substitute store-bought or chicken or turkey broth."
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Ingredients

6 h 25 m servings 278 cals
Original recipe yields 14 servings

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Directions

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  1. Cook and stir ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain excess grease, and transfer beef to a slow cooker.
  2. Place shiitake mushrooms into a food processor and pulse several times to cut the mushrooms into small pieces.
  3. Stir shiitake mushrooms, beef broth, barley, sweet onion, garlic, black pepper, salt, celery seed, and parsley with the ground beef in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on Low for 5 hours.
  5. Stir heavy cream and green beans into the soup and cook 1 hour more.

Footnotes

  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 278 calories; 11.3 g fat; 34.1 g carbohydrates; 12.2 g protein; 44 mg cholesterol; 479 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This rating is with my modifications. Thanks to those who rated before, I didn't make the same mistakes. I used twice the amount of broth and only 3\4 cup of barley. I also added more spices, ab...

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Only 5 cups of liquid for 16 ounces of barley! After this was in the slow cooker for just a short time the barley had absorbed all of the liquid and the whole mixture was dry! I added 5 cups o...

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Only 5 cups of liquid for 16 ounces of barley! After this was in the slow cooker for just a short time the barley had absorbed all of the liquid and the whole mixture was dry! I added 5 cups o...

There is something terribly wrong with this soup. When you cook a pound of barley it requires a lot more liquid than 5 cups. I followed the recipe as ordered. When I checked the crockpot four...

This rating is with my modifications. Thanks to those who rated before, I didn't make the same mistakes. I used twice the amount of broth and only 3\4 cup of barley. I also added more spices, ab...

This came out great. I did add an extra 3 cups of liquid and downed the barley to 1 cup. My family won't eat mushrooms so I omitted them and added one diced carrot and one diced potato. I did no...

After reading the reviews I still wanted to make this, but I took into account many of their suggestions. We dropped the barley to 1 cup. We bloomed celery, onions, garlic, Worcestershire, Tarr...

I cut the pepper in half and it was still a bit too much for me. I put in a TON of mushrooms 'cause I love 'em but I feel like it still needs something else.. I'll definitely make it again & I'...