Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup-Slow Cooker Version

Hey everyone! My electronic 4 quart pressure cooker from QVC doubles as a true 180 degree slow cooker so I'll try a crock pot meal every once in a while. I happened upon this Beef and Barley Soup recipe at Cooking Tip of the Day, and fired up the slow cooker before I left for work.

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup
1 1/2 lbs lean stew meat, cut into small pieces
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 C baby carrots, sliced
1 C frozen corn
1 C frozen green beans
1 C frozen peas
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
2 (32oz) cans beef broth
2/3 C barley
*1 tsp oregano
*1 tsp basil
*1 Tblsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
-Place all in crock pot and cook on low for 9 hours or high for 5 hours.

Notes-I made a half batch:
  • My pressure cooker has a browning function, I did cook the onions and garlic a bit before adding everything else.
  • I had the little ugly end (yes that is a cooking term:@) of a beef tenderloin in the freezer so it went into the pot.
  • I cut up a fat carrot then added frozen corn and green beans. After the soup was done I added some frozen peas. 
  • Had Mushroom Salt so that's what I used.
  • *Spices for this half batch: 1 tsp Italian Seasoning and 1 tsp basil-I might add more next time.
  • I cut the barley back to 1/4 cup-wanted a thinner, broth based soup.
  • As for using one half of a can of diced tomatoes, if you don't have plans to use the other half soon you can freeze them.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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28 comments:

  1. I think beef and barley soup is one of my favorites from growing up. I just love barley even though I haven't made a barley soup in eons! Yours sounds wonderful with all of the fabulous Italian seasonings!

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  2. Beef barley soup is so filling and such a good work night supper. I like that I can put this in the slow cooker and come home to a good meal. Good recipe. Making this next week!

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  3. I absolutely loved beef barley soup when I was a kid. I've made it only once. I'm thinking I'll make just a few changes to the recipe and try it again. Thanks!

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  4. I love this soup, well all soups really. I have recently acquired a bunch of slow cooked cook books at a yard sale so will be using mine more often.

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  5. Looks so good. I need to buy some barley... I've never cooked it before. This recipe is goin on my list :)

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  6. Delicious soup, Lynn. Haven't had this in a while. xo

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  7. I can't believe you used the words both fat and ugly in this post. I really want to get back to eating more barley. Years and years ago I read that it was a calorie dense food and I never touched it again.

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  8. I love a good hearty soup and especially one that can be amde ina crock pot!

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  9. I just was thinking of you yesterday when I used my QVC Pressure cooker to make chicken stock. I haven't tried it as a slow cooker yet but will now that you have so kindly showed me how. - I have recently discovered how wonderful the browning feature is! xo

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  10. Beef and barley is hubby's favorite soup, and he's down with a cold. I think this would make him even happier than chicken soup! :)

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  11. YUM! I have never added barely to a veggie beef soup, not sure why but am inspired to try it. Also, is it showing my age that I remember my mom being terrified of a pressure cooker because she thought it would explode?

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  12. I made a soup pretty much like this (we love barley) back when we had a little snow on the ground. We love homemade soups and cornbread. :)) Well, ok....we love cornbread with just about ANYthing.:)

    Hope all is going good in your life...the job going ok?
    Take care...
    xoxo bj

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  13. Love beef and barley! Now you've got me in the mood to make this!

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  14. Hello from Frog Hollow Farm! Love making soups - even though we really haven't had that very snowy winter that calls out for soups and stews. I tried Ina Garten's Provencal Vegetable Soup - very, very yummy. Take care and thanks for stopping by! xxoo

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  15. Ohhhhhhhhhh that looks and sounds so good - lovely flavors - would LOVE a bowl for dinner!
    mary x

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  16. I'm a barley lover, so this sounds perfect for me!!

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  17. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I LOVE barley...Everything about it! The texture and the way it seems to POP-POP in your mouth. This sounds WONDERFUL and I'm jotting down the recipe...Thank you and Big Hugs to you!!!

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  18. I love beef and vegetable soup, but for some reason never make it very much. Yours looks delcious, so thanks for the kick in the behind to remind me I should make some before winter is over. My family loves barley, but for soups like that, we usually divide the soup. Half for me without it so it's gluten free, then half with the barley for my family to enjoy.

    Thanks for the recipe and the visit to my blog. Hope you and Earl have a great day!

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  19. Sounds wonderful! I love vegetable soup of ANY KIND!!! I'll be making this tomorrow...and freezing a lot for BabyMama. She'll need some comforting, healthy food...
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    J

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  20. I have to try soup in the slow cooker. The only thing i have ever used it for is pulled pork.
    Your soup looks delicious,
    Man you are a posting fool, I can't keep up with you!

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  21. I have not met my soup quota this warm winter - you're making me so hungry!!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  22. i am home sick with a cold, wish someone would serve me this... i could be well!

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  23. Oh, my MOST favorite soup in the whole-wide world :)

    Looks extra yummy Lynn!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  24. Looks so good!~ especially today. It's cool, windy and rainy!

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  25. We were BOTH thinking of soup, huh? Looks really hearty & filling, Lynn & I love that you could set it up & forget it till you got home. That would be so nice on a sewing day...I hate to stop in the middle of a project.

    I love how you framed the shot & added the red text. What program did you use to do that, if I may ask? It looks like fun!

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  26. Hi lovely lady.
    This looks so Yummy on a cold day like today for lunch.!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  27. Lynn~ Your soup looks & sounds delicious! Now I know what to do with the ugly end of a tenderloin :)

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