Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup

    8 hours 20 mins

    Meaty beef soup bones are combined with vegetables, barley and heaps of garlic in this easy-to-prepare soup. Just give it 8 hours to cook in a slow cooker.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 2 beef soup bones
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 5 stalks celery, halved
    • 1 onion, quartered
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 bouquet garni
    • 6 carrots, peeled and halved
    • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
    • 11 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 185g (1 cup) pearl barley

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr20min 

    1. Place beef bones in a large slow cooker. Add salt, celery stalks, onion, pepper, bouquet garni, carrots, parsley and garlic.
    2. Fill slow cooker within 5cm of the top with hot water, cover and cook for 6 hours on high heat, stirring occasionally.
    3. Add barley and cook for 2 more hours stirring occasionally or until meat can easily be removed from bones.
    4. Remove and discard onion, bouquets garni, celery and parsley.
    5. Transfer bones to a dish and remove meat from the bones, being careful not to take off cartilage or gristle. Place meat back into soup, stir, and serve.

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    could use more information on the "spice bag"what spices are in the spice bag.  -  23 May 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I agree that the bouquet garini spice ball reference was vague. So I googled it and there is a website called Sara's Secrets that gives great ideas for what spices to use.  -  09 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a tasty and filling. I changed it by using the beef cubes for stew instead of dealing with the bones. That one change saved me a lot of time.  -  16 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)