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Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. stew meat
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 carrots; peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion; diced
  • 3 ribs of celery; sliced in half and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups of beef broth
  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet or frying pan on medium high heat. Season the meat pieces with black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried thyme. Add oil then brown meat.
  • Once the meat pieces are browned, add to slow cooker along with all the other ingredients except the barley.
  • Cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours OR on high heat for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Uncover lid and stir ingredients to combine. Add the barley. Cover with lid again and cook for an additional hour on high heat. Remove bay leaves, serve and enjoy!