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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Soup

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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Soup
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8
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Cook up something with stick-to-your-ribs substance when the weather turns cold: This beef and barley slow-cooker stew, packed with veggies, tender beef, and soft barley is your new go-to comfort food soup. Set your slow-cooker on low in the morning and by evening, dinner is served.

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb beef stew meat
3
medium carrots, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2/3
cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
2/3
cup uncooked pearl barley
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
5 1/4
cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from two 32-oz containers)
1
cup frozen sweet peas, thawed

Directions

  • 1 Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix all ingredients except peas.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 9 to 10 hours.
  • 3 Stir in peas. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 20 to 30 minutes longer or until peas are tender.
Tips  

To store this soup for later, refrigerate in a shallow container so it cools rapidly. Once completely cooled, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To freeze this soup, pour into freezer containers, leaving 1/4 - 1/2 inch headspace (because soups expand as they freeze) and store for up to 6 months.

Want to take your slow-cooker meal to an outing? Simply wrap the slow-cooker in a towel or newspaper to keep it warm. Attach rubber bands around the handles to secure it for travel.

Pearl barley, its most common form, is the perfect slow cooker grain. The long, slow cook time turns barley tender, yet not gummy.

Select lean beef to prevent having to trim excess fat before adding the beef to the soup.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
100
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
17%
(
Saturated Fat
4g
20%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
50mg
16%
Sodium
930mg
39%
Potassium
600mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
25g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
5g
21%
,
Sugars
5g
)
Protein
21g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%
90%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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