Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beef Barley Soup

This soup is super easy and really flavorful!  You probably know by now that I love soup, but this is definitely one of my favorites.  I rarely have any leftovers and when I do it is minimal.  I feel really good about everything that went into this soup and to see everyone enjoy it is an even bigger plus!  This is full of lots of veggies and pure goodness.  You can always throw in whatever you have on hand...potatoes, lima beans (I snuck these in with the mixed veggies...shhhhhh), turnips, or whatever else your little heart desires :)

Beef Barley Soup
2 lbs Chuck Roast cubed or Stew Meat
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
oil for browning
1/2 lb baby carrots roughly chopped
3 stalks of celery roughly chopped
1 large onion roughly chopped
1 tsp garlic
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups beef stock
2 TBS worchestire sauce
1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 TBS white sugar
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 16oz bag of frozen veggies
1/2 - 1 cup barley (depends on how barley you want it...I am using 3/4 cup)

  1. Season meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder meanwhile heat oil over medium-high heat and add meat once pan is hot.  Brown all sides (about 5 minutes or so) and place in crock pot
  2. Add carrots, celery, onion, garlic to skillet and season with salt and pepper.  Saute for about 5 minutes or until veggies are crisp tender.  Pour everything in crock pot (juice and all)
  3. Add beef stock, parsley, stewed tomatoes, worchestire sauce, sugar, and spices to crock pot.  Stir to combine and cook on low for 8-10 hours
  4. Add barley and frozen veggies about 1 hour before serving.  Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed
You can skip step 1 and 2 if you prefer and go from there, but I like to brown my meat and saute my veggies.  It just makes me happy :) Or you can cook it on the stove top and skip the crock pot.  I would simmer for about 2-3 hours and add the barley in the last 30 minutes to hour.  I used quick cooking barley so if you are using the regular kind then you will want to add the barley about 2-3 before you plan on serving it.  Another good note to take into consideration when using a slow cooker "8 hours meat is tender and 10 hours meat shreds".  I wish I could remember where I read that now, but it seems to hold true from everything I remember.


  1. This looks delicious!! I'm following from the Welcome Wednesday Party & I'd love you to come by my blog & follow along too! I'm also hosting my first giveaway...enter to win a free My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Program!

  2. New follower from Get Wired Blog Hop! Would love to have your follow my blog!

  3. Hello hello! I am stopping by from Welcome Wednesday to say hello and follow your blog.

    This looks really good - my husband is a soup hater though so I never get to make any!



    1. My husband isn't much of a soup fan either, but I make sure to make them hearty with lots of veggies or I thicken it up a bit so it feels more like a stew. That seems to work for us. Also I serve a nice big hunk of crusty bread or croutons with it and that makes him happy :)

  4. The looks so yummy I could just eat some :0)

  5. I found you on Hump Day Hop. Come visit!

  6. Hey Erika would you mind adding your link up again for this soup to my blog?! I had to make some changes! Sorry! Thanks! I'll join in yours too!


  7. mmmmmm....that looks delicious and hearty! My hubby would love it. I'm putting it on our rotation!

    Thanks for linking up!! I love seeing your tips and recipes!

    1. That's great! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did! Super yummy and filling :)

  8. This soup sounds super yummy and I love that there are so many veggies in it! Thanks for linking it up!

    1. Thanks so much for the invite. I am really looking forward to trying your lettuce wraps!

  9. This soup sounds hearty and delicious for a cold winter day!

  10. This looks so yummy!! The perfect winter meal. Thanks for linking up to my party!

  11. Thanks ladies! We really enjoyed it and just warms you up so well. But I really have an obsession with soup, especially hearty ones like this :)


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