Bacon-Beef Barley Soup

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This is a robust dish that’s quick and comforting. Serve over creamy mashed potatoes. From Cathy Peterson: Menominee, Michigan. Recipe published in Simple & Delicious February/March 2011.

Yield: 7 servings
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  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pound(s) beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) fresh baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup(s) frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup(s) medium pearl barley
  • 2 14 1/2-ounce can(s) beef broth
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can(s) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 12-ounce jar(s) home-style beef gravy
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) pepper
  • Mashed potatoes, optional


  1. • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, cook beef until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer the potatoes, carrots, corn and barley. Top with beef mixture and bacon. Combine the broth, tomatoes, gravy and pepper; pour over top (do not stir).
  3. • Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir before serving. Serve over mashed potatoes if desired.
August 2011

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