Beef & Barley Soup Crock Pot

Beef & Barley Soup Crock Pot


beef and barley soup cooked in a crockpot is a hearty and delicious meal that’s perfect for a cozy day. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare it:


  • 1.5 pounds (680g) stewing beef, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup pearl barley, rinsed and drained
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups beef broth (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil (for browning beef)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  • Brown the Beef: Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a bit of cooking oil. When hot, add the beef cubes in batches to avoid overcrowding. Brown the beef on all sides, then transfer it to a plate. This step adds flavor to the soup.
  • Prepare the Vegetables: Place the sliced carrots, celery, diced onion, and minced garlic in the crockpot.
  • Add the Browned Beef: Place the browned beef cubes on top of the vegetables in the crockpot.
  • Add Barley and Spices: Sprinkle the rinsed pearl barley over the beef and vegetables. Add the bay leaves, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour in the Beef Broth: Carefully pour the beef broth over everything in the crockpot. Make sure all the ingredients are submerged in the broth.
  • Cooking Time: Cover the crockpot with the lid and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. The longer you cook it, the more tender the beef and flavorful the soup will be.
  • Check and Adjust: About halfway through the cooking time, check the soup for seasoning. Adjust the salt and pepper if needed. You can also remove the bay leaves at this point.
  • Serve: When the soup is ready, discard the bay leaves, and ladle the hot soup into bowls. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  • Enjoy: Serve the beef and barley soup with some crusty bread or crackers. It’s a complete meal on its own, but you can also pair it with a salad for a more substantial meal.
  • Storage: Leftover soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for longer storage.

Enjoy your homemade Beef and Barley Soup cooked in a crockpot! It’s a comforting and nutritious dish that’s perfect for cooler days.


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