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Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup

Recipe Courtesy of Jillian Wade of Food, Folks and Fun

Yield: | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 8 hours | Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 lbs. stew meat, trimmed, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, chopped small, green parts discarded
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup Holland House® Red Cooking Wine
  • 1 qt. (4 cups) beef broth
  • 1 qt. (4 cups) beef bone broth
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme, freshly minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup parsley, freshly minced, plus more for serving
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  1. Using paper towels, pat beef dry (you need the meat dry to get a nice sear) and season with salt and pepper. Heat large pan over medium-high heat with 1 Tbsp. oil until just smoking. Brown half of meat, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer meat and juices to slow cooker insert, and repeat with 1 Tbsp. oil and rest of meat.
  2. Keep heat at medium-high, add 1 Tbsp. oil to pan, onions, fennel, mushrooms, and carrots. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms have released their moisture and vegetables are softened, about 7-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer vegetables to slow cooker insert.
  3. Add Holland House® Red Cooking Wine, broth, tomatoes, barley, tomato paste, and thyme to slow cooker insert. Cover slow cooker and cook until meat is tender: low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. 10 minutes before serving, ladle off fat from surface, and stir in Worcestershire sauce and parsley. Cover and cook 10 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with parsley, serve.