13 Reviews

This is excellent stuff! I have my own recipe for beef barley soup posted here, and I actually like this one much better than mine - less work too! A few changes I made - I didn't measure the veggies, just chopped up a bunch and dumped them in. I used 3 stalks of celery, 4 carrots, and about 3/4 of a very large onion leftover from last night. I had no green pepper in the house so I skipped that. I added a package of au jus mix because I always do to beef and barley soup, it just adds something to the taste I love. Because of that, I skipped the salt. Also, I used 4 c. beef broth and about 2 c. water, and skipped the beef boullion, both since I used more broth than called for and to keep the saltiness down because of the au jus. I opted not to thicken it - it was just right for us. This filled my 5 qt. crock to the brim - I'm so glad I didn't try to use my 4 qt.! I think I will actually replace my recipe with this one, so good!

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RSL November 18, 2010

This is a good soup. I used chicken broth and only 3 cups of water since I wanted a more stew-like consistency. I added some freshly ground pepper just before serving too. It made 4 generous portions and was very tasty. BF loved it. Thanks so much.

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zaar junkie November 14, 2010

I followed this recipe to T, adding fresh chopped mushrooms. There is no where near enough barley. I let it cook for 13 hours on low, and added 2 T of cornstarch hoping that would thicken it and the barley might puff up more. Now I am cooking another cup of barley on the stovetop to add to the crockpot. If I made this again I'd use at least a cup less of water, and I'd put it in at least 3/4 cup barley.

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ccraig23_13148779 January 05, 2013

So yummy. Made as directed except I didn't have an onion so I used 1/4 cup dried, minced onion. And did not use the corn starch. The consistency was just right without it. Will be a regular this winter.

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A Pinch of This ... November 15, 2009

YUMMY! Made for My 3 Chef Nov2009. Wonderful flavors. I usually make my beef barley on the stove but neded something to come home to after DH did wood and I watched. :-) Well helped some. I doubled the recipe in a 7 qt crockpot except for the barley did 3/4 c instead. Wond3rful flavors, great broth. I added the corn startch in as directed and stirred gently. ( hint- took some broth out and put into a mixer cup, added corn starch to it and shook vigorously, then stirred into soup so no lumps. I must say never used ketchup before but it gave a nice hint of tomatoe flavor but not too much. That taste you try to figure out and then say hmm tomatoe? Thank you Chippie, this will be a regular rotation for the winter. We all loved it very much.

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Chef1MOM-Connie November 09, 2009

layered everything in and left it til it was ready.. it was THAT easy. Added leeks as well. Yummy and a big big hit. Thanks for sharing.

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PnJenna August 26, 2009

This soup had a really good flavor. I don't like onions or green peppers, so I used a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, and a lot of fresh mushrooms. I also used only four cups of water because five wouldn't have fit in my crock pot. I served it with turkey pita sandwiches, warmed in the oven.

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michelebelle January 12, 2009

My family loved this soup and this past week I have made it twice. I added about 4 medium sized potatoes and just used dried parsley. I used a 900 ml can of broth and 2 cups of water and 1 tsp of soup base. Thanks for such a crowd pleasing recipe.

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Cilantro in Canada September 28, 2008

This is a wonderful, easy recipe. The flavors are really rich, and everybody in the house finished it in record time! I followed the recipe as written with one exception: I added a little fresh garlic that I wanted to use up. Thanks for the recipe Chippie, it will be a regular on our table.

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394mm493 March 02, 2008

Oh-h-h so rich and beefy!I used leftover pot roast, added some mixed veggies and as one reviewer suggested I added some Lipton's Onion/Mushroom soup mix. This was so good and ready when we wanted it in the crockpot. Thanks, Carole in Orlando

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carole in orlando February 03, 2008
Crock Pot Beef Barley Soup