Beef barley soup in white bowl

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

This hearty beef and barley soup can be made stove top or slow cooker!  It has a rich meaty flavor and takes only a few minutes to get into the pot!

Course Main Course, Soup, stew
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
264 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds cubed stew meat - I used chuck roast
  • 1 cup onion - diced
  • 1 cup carrots - diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms - sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil until shimmery but not smoking.  About a minute.

  2. Sprinkle beef pieces with salt and pepper.  Add to hot skillet leaving undisturbed for 2-3 minutes until a brown crust forms.  Turn beef over and sear the other side. (you may have to do this in two batches depending on the size of your pan).

  3. Add seared beef to slow cooker.  (or large dutch oven or soup pot if cooking stove top).

  4. Chop carrots, onions, mushrooms and garlic.  Add to pot with beef.

  5. Add tomato paste, barley and beef broth and Worcestershire sauce to beef and veggie mixture.  Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  (You can finish with seasoning when soup is done.)

  6. Cook in slow cooker for 4-5 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.  If using stove top method, simmer 2-3 hours, or until beef is tender and veggies are cooked.

  7. Taste for seasoning and serve!

Recipe Notes

4 Weight Watcher Freestyle Points per serving (about 1 1/2 cups).

Other Tips for this Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup:

  1. You can make this Beef Barley Soup on the stove top. Simply follow the recipe without adding it to the slow cooker. Simmer for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  2. Chop your veggies and toss into the pot with the stew meat. We kept the pieces on the small side so it felt like a soup.
  3. Browning is not required, you could add the meat to the pot uncooked,   and get a good soup, but we like the depth of flavor it adds. Up to you and how much time you have!


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 661mg28%
Potassium 485mg14%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 2270IU45%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.