Nothing warms you up like a good bowl of homemade soup! With just a little prep, you can have this Homemade Beef and Barley Soup simmering away in the Slow Cooker. Or if you are in a hurry, cook it on the stove top, either way it’s a hearty and delicious soup!

Doug could eat soup everyday, for me though I like my soup to be filling, full of lots of yummy vegetables and tender meat. I think enjoying soup comes from your childhood, Doug grew up with a Mom who made soup at least once a week for dinner, and while I remember my Mom cooking soup, I don’t remember having it very often. But let’s face it, it’s easy to make, good for us and budget friendly too, pair this homemade beef and barley soup with a crusty bread and you have a meal.

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Homemade Beef and Barley Soup

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  • Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes


An easy homemade soup packed with flavor. Recipe from


  • 1 1/2 pounds Beef Stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup of carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of onion, diced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 leaves fresh basil
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 3/41 cup pearl barley


  1. Heat a heavy skillet on the stove with a little oil, add the beef and season with salt and pepper, brown on all sides several minutes
  2. Add meat and vegetables to the Slow Cooker
  3. Pour in the beef broth and add fresh herbs, cook for 4-6 hours on low
  4. Add barley and continue cooking 45 minutes – 1 hour or until barley is tender


You can also make the soup on the stovetop, just add ingredients to a large pot after browning meat and veggies. Cook on low for 1-2 hours

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 hours

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  1. I love beef barley soup! I picked up the barley yesterday; great minds think alike. I would suggest a tablespoon of molasses.

    I think that I am going to make the base and can it. You can’t can the barley so I would add that when I heat it. Have to have a pressure canner to can meats if anyone is interested. I suppose you could freeze it too. I just don’t have any more room in my freezer thanks to all the great coupon deals!


  2. The only thing this receipe is missing is “how many servings does this make” ? Other than that it’s great !!

    • Hi Carl, good catch, I’d say 6-8 servings depending on the size of the soup bowl.

  3. Hi! I am so excited to see this recipe for the slow cooker! My mom made the most amazing Beef Barley Soup when I was growing up and this recipe is so very like the one that she made on the stove top. I can’t wait to try it in the Wemo Crockpot that you folks were so gracious to offer in your giveaway. Thanks for the Crockpot, the recipe, and the wonderful memories this will inspire!

  4. I couldn’t fine the barley in the grocery store. What section is it usually in. Since I already bought all the other ingredients can I substitute rice or something else until I am able to find the barley?

    • Hi Audra, sure you can substitute rice, it may taste a little different, but it will be fine. The barley comes in a box and we find ours near the rice. It’s not a very big section.
      Happy Cooking!

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