beef barley soup

Beef Barley Soup

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker, Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


This easy recipe for slow cooker beef barley soup is not only hearty and delicious, but it makes enough for supper and leftovers and then some!


  • 2 pounds chuck roast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 5 cups water (see note)
  • 4 packets beef boullion
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Combine everything but carrots and parsley in slow cooker and stir to mix. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  2. Just before serving, put carrots in microwave-safe dish with about 1/8 cup water. Microwave for 4 minutes. Add carrots to soup with parsley.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings (I usually end up adding a bit more salt and pepper).
  4. Serve. And serve. And serve.


If you like, you can substitute 5 cups of beef broth for the water and the boullion.