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Creamy Beef Mushroom Barley Soup in a Slow Cooker Recipe
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Creamy Beef Mushroom Barley Soup in a Slow Cooker

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"A wintertime comfort food at its best. I cook for 8 people with big appetites, so halve this recipe for a smaller group. If you like green bean casserole, try adding green beans and some fried onions on top for a tasty twist. Remember, homemade broth has the best flavor, but you can substitute store-bought or chicken or turkey broth."

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Original recipe makes 14 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs 10 mins

    6 hrs 25 mins


  1. Cook and stir ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain excess grease, and transfer beef to a slow cooker.
  2. Place shiitake mushrooms into a food processor and pulse several times to cut the mushrooms into small pieces.
  3. Stir shiitake mushrooms, beef broth, barley, sweet onion, garlic, black pepper, salt, celery seed, and parsley with the ground beef in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on Low for 5 hours.
  5. Stir heavy cream and green beans into the soup and cook 1 hour more.
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Mar 05, 2012

Only 5 cups of liquid for 16 ounces of barley! After this was in the slow cooker for just a short time the barley had absorbed all of the liquid and the whole mixture was dry! I added 5 cups of water just to cover the mixture and it still turned out having the texture of oatmeal or thick mashed potatoes. There was very little flavor, as well. I was able to improve that with an additional teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of woprcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of dried thyme, but it was just glop and not at all like soup.

Mar 07, 2012

There is something terribly wrong with this soup. When you cook a pound of barley it requires a lot more liquid than 5 cups. I followed the recipe as ordered. When I checked the crockpot four hours later ALL the broth had been absorbed. I needed to add 5+ cups of water to get close to soup. There was almost no room in the pot for anything else. The ground beef was a good idea.

Oct 09, 2012

This rating is with my modifications. Thanks to those who rated before, I didn't make the same mistakes. I used twice the amount of broth and only 3\4 cup of barley. I also added more spices, about 1\4 tsp tarragon leaves, 2 tsp garlic salt and a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash. It was a good idea for a recipe just needed a little help.

Feb 24, 2013

This came out great. I did add an extra 3 cups of liquid and downed the barley to 1 cup. My family won't eat mushrooms so I omitted them and added one diced carrot and one diced potato. I did not add in the optional cream or green beans. Thanks for a great recipe!

Apr 16, 2014

I cut the pepper in half and it was still a bit too much for me. I put in a TON of mushrooms 'cause I love 'em but I feel like it still needs something else.. I'll definitely make it again & I'll figure out the missing ingredient for my taste buds!!


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  • Calories
  • 278 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.1 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 44 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 7.3 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 12.2 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 479 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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