This post may contain affiliate links.For more information, please see our affiliate policy.Invest 20 minutes of prep to max out the flavor in this hearty Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup.

No need to simmer, stir, and fuss; my easy slow cooker soup practically makes itself.Just set and forget! Dump dinners work like a dream for some slow cooker recipes (see: Barbecue Pulled Pork, White Chicken Chili, Hot Turkey Sandwiches).But for other slow cooker ideas, including this beef and barley soup, a tiny bit of prep at the beginning can totally transform the flavor.

Here, I call for browning the meat and sautéing the vegetables before you set and forget.These 20 minutes of hands-on time make all the difference to make this one of the richest-tasting, delightfully rib-sticking soup recipes ever.Once the beef is simmered low and slow, it practically falls apart into the savory, so-good-I-need-a-straw broth.

Table of ContentsRecipe ingredientsIngredient notesStep by step instructionsRecipe tips and variationsRecipe FAQsSlow Cooker Beef Barley Soup RecipeRecipe ingredients At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.Ingredient notes Boneless beef chuck or stew meat: Chuck roast and stew meat are not only inexpensive, but also have a lot of fat marbled within the meat; an asset here.

The longer cook time called for in the slow cooker recipe allows the fat to break do

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