This Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup is an easy crockpot meal perfect for fall or winter! Loaded with vegetables and tender chunks of beef. Includes step by step recipe video.
1 tablespoon oil optional
1 lb beef stewing meat
1 small onion finely diced
3-4 large carrots peeled and sliced
2 ribs celery chopped
2 cups finely chopped fresh spinach
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup pearl or pot barley rinsed
6 cups low sodium beef broth
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
OPTIONAL: In a large skillet, brown meat in oil over high heat. Add to a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
Add onion, carrots, celery, spinach, tomato paste, salt, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, pepper, barley and broth and stir well.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, until vegetables and barley are tender.
Stir in balsamic vinegar and parsley and season to taste. Serve.