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You guys, I’m always on the hunt for easy meals I can serve to my family. But I’m also super conscious about trying to make sure they contain a variety of protein and produce to make it a healthy meal also.
That’s what I love about this Italian Beef and Barley Soup. It’s got a variety of vegetables, lean beef sirloin and the whole grain barley that makes it a nutritious choice for dinner. It’s a thick soup that’s almost more like a stew and my family loves it. The best part is it requires a little prep up front and then I throw everything in my slow cooker and let it do its thing. This is especially nice on Sundays when we like to hang out as a family going into Houston or just lying on the couch watching some Texans football! And I’m often catching up on other household duties like laundry (because it never ends, am I right?) so at the end of the day, it’s great just to be able to dish it up and know that there’s very little clean up too! After a busy week, autumn Sundays seem to be our day to catch up, relax and just enjoy each other’s company with a family meal.
Here’s my recipe for the Italian Beef and Barley Soup so that you can give it a try yourself:
Slowcooker Italian Beef and Barley Vegetable Soup
- 1 1/2 pounds beef top sirloin steak cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups carrots peeled and sliced (about 4 medium)
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 1 cup green bell pepper chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 32 ounces beef broth
- 2 cups water
- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
- In a medium to large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef on all sides. Set aside.
- In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, add carrots, onions, bell peppers, dried herbs and spices, barley, broth, water and tomatoes. Add browned beef and stir to combine.
- Cover; cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours.
- Makes 6-8 servings.