“Based on Betty Crocker’s wonderful recipe for Beef Barley Soup, this one’s a keeper! I love the broth of this, thickened by the barley only. Add petite diced tomatoes, and at the end of the cook time add any veggies you happen to feel like! The technique is foolproof! You can’t go wrong! I’ve tried it with dumplings, potatoes, and small pieces of cabbage. Use any veggies you happen to have in your kitchen, fresh, canned, or frozen. Pictured above I used frozen peas and carrots that I steamed in the microwave for 5 minutes, then added them into the crockpot at the end of the cook time. It’s ready to serve! Enjoy!”


  • 1-1/2 pounds stew meat, cut small
  • 1 large onion, (about 1 cup) chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2/3 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced petite tomatoes, undrained
  • 5-1/4 cups (64 ounces) beef broth
  • about 1-2/3 or 2 cups veggies of your choice , canned, frozen, or raw ( add these last)


  • 1. Spray or grease your slow cooker.
  • 2. Add all ingredients except the 2 cups of veggies. Save those for the end.
  • 3. Cook on LOW temperature for 9-10 hours.
  • 4. Add your veggies. You can heat them up in the microwave first if you are serving right away. Or let them heat for 15 minutes longer right in the crockpot. Canned veggies you can just add in. For frozen veggies, or raw potatoes or cabbage, steam these in the microwave first until soft before adding them after the 9-10 cook time.


  1. Donald W Natale February 6, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks so very much for keeping me on your mail list. I love thick soups, and more especially, dumplings and barley. I will certainly try both of these, printed out and on top of my recipe box.

    Hope you and the family are well and staying away from that nast COVID FLU. Being housebound is not a new experience with me at this stage. Although 94, I am fully mentally and emotionally at almost 100%. My several physical issues keep me from being 100% active. However, I am enjoying life and have noticed an acquired new fondness for food tastes and do experimenting with those foods I did not indulge in on a consistent basis.

    Thanks again.

    Don Natale

    1. Anonymous February 6, 2021 at 4:30 pm

      So good to hear from you, Don ! I remember the BHS yearbook connection we had from Maple Ave. Kids! So very happy to hear how great you are doing, 94! God bless you!, especially during this difficult year! We should all be so fortunate! So far, we are doing fine, thank God! Getting my second vaccine shot this week. I LOVE to hear how much you enjoy cooking, good food, and new recipes! Yes, I agree about dumplings in barley soup! Any soup! For me, it was time to buy a new crockpot, so I am determined to try some new crockpot recipes as well as old ones during the rest of winter. Are you on Facebook? Write me and share with me anything you’ve tried that you loved too! Stay well, be safe out there on the western front!! Fondly, Angie Morris , proud to be a Maple Ave Kid!


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