What better to go with fall’s cold weather than a bowl of hot soup?! This is the best Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Barley Soup I’ve had! Full of tender vegetables, beef and flavorful broth. Yum!
We had an exciting weekend! My oldest son scored TWO touchdowns at his football game and now his team is going to the playoffs! It was amazing!
The first touchdown was the very first play of the game. It was the kickoff, he grabbed the ball, ran right through all the holes and made an EIGHTY yard touchdown!!! Proud mama here. I’ll have to see if I can put the videos up here so you all can see it!
My nine year old played his last football game of the season. It was all the way out in Rialto – 70 miles away from us. A whole two hour drive each way (the things we do for our kids). His team didn’t do so well this year but hopefully next year will be better. He’s naturally a good little player.
It’s fun to see your kids grow and get better at the things they try. Other than football and church, we really didn’t do too much this weekend. What did you do this weekend?
Now that we’ve talked football, let’s talk about this soup for a minute. I have a love affair with barley. Beef & barley soup is one of my favorites. However, I’ve tried making several barley soup recipes at home and never found one I love.
So I sort of messed around with other recipes, trying find ways to make it tastier, and guess what? Sometimes simple is good. This recipe is so simple and yet absolutely delicious. You can leave out the beef if you want it meatless or nix the barley if you want it gluten free. It’s so easy to get creative with this recipe, add veggies you like or take out the ones you don’t like.
I hope you’ll give it a try as your weather cools off. I love soup this time of year!
The Best Ever Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Barley Soup
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3/4 -1 lbs beef stew meat
- 10 cups low sodium beef broth
- 3 large carrots sliced
- 3 stalks celery sliced
- 4 potatoes about 3 lbs peeled and cubed
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
- 1-1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
- 1-1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1-1/2 tsp. thyme
- 1-1/2 tsp. dried parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add beef and brown. Place into crock pot.
- In the crock pot, combine broth, carrots, celery, potatoes, barley, and herbs. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. During the last thirty minutes, add frozen peas. Scoop into bowls and serve with french bread. Enjoy!
I’ve been waiting rather impatiently for this! 🙂 Pinned and I’ll be making this soon! Just a quick question…where can I find pearl barley?
Tenns Reid says
What a hearty and savory looking soup! It the perfect time of the year to get going on soup and stew recipes. The rest of the roundup looks delicious as well!
Elizabeth Waterson says
This soup sounds/looks amazing. Perfect for the cold months ahead or sort of cold for us so cal residents lol 😉
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I’m always looking for a good slow cooker meal that combines veggies and beef. I’m saving this meal for a nice chilly winter day. Love all your pics!
Leah Leathem says
Putting this on the menu in the next week or 2! Yum!!
This looks delicious! I love the crock pot – the ultimate in easy! Definitely getting added to my dinner rotation. Pinned!
And I love the football story – can he come play for the Carolina Panthers? We could use someone on special teams 😉
Sarah Puleo says
Huge fan of beef and barley soup, as well as a tasty crock pot recipe. Pinned to my crock pot board!
I love that it is finally soup weather. Can’t wait to add these to must try recipes! Would love for you to share it at my very first linky party http://mommyondemand.com/create-bake-1-2/
Mmmm, this sounds so comforting and cozy…and yummy 🙂
[email protected] says
I can’t wait to see one of my girls score their first soccer goal…staying patient 🙂 Great soup recipe – it looks amazing!!
I love barley in soup! This sounds absolutely amazing.
Miz Helen says
It is really chilly here today and what a perfect soup to have on the table, it looks so good Jen. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
Come Back Soon,
Kimberly @ A Time to Freeze says
This looks great! Pinning now!
80 yards?! How exciting!! Love soups like this…especially for the crock pot. Already pinned!
The Rebel Chick Jenn says
Your soup looks amazing! Totally going to try this next week! 🙂
Love soup, but have never had beef barley. It looks delicious and love that it is full of veggies! P.S. can’t wait for my little guy to start playing sports like yours! So fun! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday!
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
I’ve tried this many times all organic ingredients. I so love it. Thx for sharing a good healthy soup.
Thanks so much Claudia!!
So I have some leftover celery and carrots in my fridge from something else and I figured I’d try to use them up. And this just looked AMAZING. I think I’ve loved every single canned beef and barley soup, so I figured it would be difficult for this to go wrong. There were some hiccups (all the potatoes in the store were MONSTERS and I ended up with 3.5 pounds) but it did indeed turn out AMAZING. I’m left wanting for barley, but it seems to be plumping up even more as leftovers sit in the fridge. I might experiment with adding more, though. Boy was it a pain to find pearl barley… I could only find the quick version at Walmart after sending store employees scouring the shelves for it, but I opted to not use that ’cause I know oats and quick oats aren’t the same. Figured the concept translated. Anyway, this is SO GOOD. I need to figure out how to better cut potatoes, though. Them’s some monster chunks in there. lol Thanks so much for the recipe!