Winter is just around the corner and the days are getting colder, in my part of the world anyway! I love warming up with a hearty bowl of soup and this slow cooker beef and barley soup sure did hit the spot! It is easy to make and you can just leave it to cook away in the slow cooker while you get your work done. Makes 10 servings at 3-4PP depending on your 0PP foods.

Tips and suggestions…

Beef- I used stewing beef, which I cut into smaller pieces once it was browned. Any beef will work well, you can use a sirloin steak, you can even swap out the beef and use a ground turkey or chicken to lower the points, be sure to cook the ground meat before you add it to the slow cooker if you decide to use it.

Vegetables- carrots, celery, and onion are a nice veggie mix for this soup, feel free to add in any others you would like. I used white potatoes as they are my preference but any potatoes will work well in this recipe.

Seasonings- I kept it simple with some bay leaves, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt/pepper. You can add in any seasonings of your choice, to suit you.

Storing and re-heating…

Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

This soup freezes very well, to re-heat, let dethaw at room temperature then heat in a pan on the stove over medium heat, you might need to add in a little broth or water if it is too thick.

 

 

 

 

Slow cooker beef & barley soup

3-4PP, 4SP blue/green/purple
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lbs beef *I used stewing beef, sirloin or similar will work fine
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 4 small-medium white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 7 cups beef broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley

Instructions
 

  • Brown the beef in a frying pan over medium heat, I used a little cooking spray in the pan, you do not need to cook all the way through, the beef will finish cooking in the slow cooker.
  • Add the beef and all of the ingredients to the slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  • Makes 10- 1 cup servings. Store leftover soup in the fridge for up to 3 days, you can freeze this soup.

Notes

Personal Points- 3-4 depending on your 0PP foods 
Smart Points- Blue/Green/Purple- 4 using a SP calculator
Points Plus- 4 using a PP calculator 
Nutritional info per serving- Calories... 183...Fat 5.2g...Sat fat 1.8g...Carbs 17.3g...Fiber 2.4g...Sugar 2.2g...Protein 15.9g using My Fitness Pal *note- these numbers include all ingredients. 

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