Monday, March 1, 2010

Beef and Barley Soup with Mushrooms

This delicious soup came from a recipe that was made for the stove top and I turned it into a crockpot recipe. I don't know about you, but when I get home from church, I love that lunch is made - and that the house smells amazingly good! I want to just keep walking in the door. But I really want to just sit down at the table.

First, cut the stew beef into smaller pieces. I don't know who they think is eating these giant pieces of beef, but I like to cut the pieces to make it stretch a bit - then you get more beef in every bowl! Add the beef to the crock.

Next, cover the beef with the beef broth.

Add the chopped onions to the crock, then the garlic and the carrots. (I just sliced up some baby carrots - if you're using a "big" carrot, you'll want to make smaller pieces.)

Next add the sliced cremini mushrooms - first I chopped them a bit so they would be more bite sized.

I like using cremini mushrooms in this soup because they hold their shape and texture better than white mushrooms even after sitting in broth for many hours. Even when eating the leftovers, the mushrooms are still firm and not mushy!

Finally, add the salt, pepper and thyme, and the barley. I used medium barley for this. If you're using quick barley, I would add it 1-2 hours before you eat the soup.

Give it all a good stir and turn the machine on to let it do the work. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. You know your crock pot best! (Mine is a really "hot" crock pot, so for this soup I did 2 hours on high and 3 on low.)

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Beef and Barley Soup with Mushrooms

8 ounces (about 3 1/2 cups) sliced cremini mushrooms, chopped
1 medium onion (about 1 1/2 cups) chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound lean beef stew meat, cut into bite sized pieces
6 cups beef broth
2 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 cup uncooked medium barley

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Makes 6-8 servings.


  1. I love barley!! And, I like the sound of this recipe. thanks.

  2. Delicious! YUM!
    I always cut the stew meat up, too. It's crazy how big the pieces are!!!

  3. I'm trying to work on having something ready for coming home from church. Do you start it the night before, or just cook it on high?

    I wanted to apologize for never leaving a comment when you were so consistently linking to my Family Recipe Fridays posts. I was having a hard time with the comment system you have installed and could NEVER get it to work. Happily, now I have no issues! So hi!


  4. Hi Jessie,
    Sorry the comments weren't working for you. I made this the morning of - I started it at about 7:30 am on high and then turned it to low when we left for church at 10 am. It cooked on low from 10-1. Hope that helps!

  5. Great that you linked in, thanks. have a good one


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