Crock Pot Beef Barley Mushroom Soup

Total Time
8hrs 45mins
45 mins
8 hrs

I copied this recipe from one of Gordon Ramsay's cookbooks. I really enjoyed this. I chopped the mushroom finely in my food processor as my DD will not eat mushroom unless they are pulverized and there are a lot of mushrooms in this recipe. You can do all the prep the night before, then just throw everything in the crockpot before going to work and come back to a nice batch of soup. Prep Time includes soaking of dehydrated mushrooms.

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  1. In a bowl, combine dried mushrooms with hot water, let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve lined with paper towel, reserving liquid. Remove stems. Pat dry and chop finely. Set mushrooms and liquid aside, separately.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add beef, celery, onion and reserved mushrooms; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, pepper and five spice; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add fresh mushrooms and barley; toss to coat. Add stock and reserved mushroom liquid; bring to a boil over high heat. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until barley is tender. Stir in soy sauce.
  4. Ladle into bowls and garnish with green onions.