Beef Barley Soup

Ingredients

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  • 1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cubes beef bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can chopped stewed tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a slow cooker, cook chuck roast until very tender (usually 4 to 5 hours on High, but can vary with different slow cookers). Add barley and bay leaf during the last hour of cooking. Remove meat, and chop into bite-size pieces. Discard bay leaf. Set beef, broth, and barley aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Saute carrots, celery, onion, and frozen mixed vegetables until tender. Add water, beef bouillon cubes, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, chopped stewed tomatoes, and beef/barley mixture. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 to 20 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.