Joanie’s Busy Day Beef Barley Soup

Today I thought I would share with you my favorite Beef Barley Crockpot Soup recipe.  This time of year always gets a bit crazy.  Work, school, & afterschool activities make getting dinner on the table a challenge. It’s also the perfect time for a hot bowl of soup. This is my No Fail slow cooker soup for when I have no time to make dinner but want a hot meal on the table for my family.  Don’t be afraid to buy pre-chopped frozen vegetables to cut down on prep-time. If your family likes veggies, add what they love. This soup is so yummy and filling I’m sure your family will love it.  Enjoy!

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Joanie’s Beef Barley Soup

8 cups beef stock

1 pound stew beef

1 onion diced

1 cup chopped carrots

½ cup barley

1 – 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes

1 cup frozen peas

1 bay leaf

Salt and Pepper to taste

Throw everything but the peas in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours) and walk away. 30 minutes before dinner, throw in the frozen peas and give it a stir.

Yes, it’s that easy!

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Serve with a fresh salad and bread. Serves 4-6.  If you have leftovers, pop them in the freezer for a quick thaw and eat meal another day when you don’t feel like cooking.

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