Source: Crockpot Cooking

Beef-Barley Soup
Try this healthy soup on a cold, winter day.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 hours


1 1/2 pound beef stew meat
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup carrots, sliced thin
1 cup celery, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup green pepper, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, snipped
4 cups beef broth
1 can tomatoes, cut up
1 cup spaghetti sauce
2/3 cup pearl barley
1 1/2 teaspoons basil, dry & crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cut meat into 1" cubes. In a large skillet brown meat, half at a time, in hot oil. Drain well. Meanwhile in crockpot combine carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, and parsley. Add broth, undrained tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, barley, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir in browned meat. Cover cook on low-heat setting for 10-12 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 1/2-5 hours. Skim off fat.