Beef & Barley Soup

There's something so satisfying about a hearty bowl of beef and barley soup--especially when it's one you've made from scratch with reduced-sodium broth and chunks of delicious sirloin steak. This slow-cooker recipe is simple to prepare, serves six, and is a great alternative to canned soup!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 50 mins
9 cups


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless beef sirloin steak

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 2 small onions, cut into wedges

  • ½ cup regular barley (not quick-cooking)

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut the meat into 3/4-inch pieces. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker (see Tip), combine the meat, broth, undrained tomatoes, carrots, onions, barley, the water, bay leaf, thyme, and garlic.

  2. Cover and cook on Low for 9 to 11 hours or on High for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours. Remove and discard the bay leaf.


Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Equipment: 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

249 Calories
5g Fat
21g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 249
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 28g 57%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Vitamin A 4590IU 92%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 12mcg 3%
Sodium 461mg 20%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 4mg 19%
Magnesium 54mg 13%
Potassium 685mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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