Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup & French Bread for the Bread Machine


2 pounds stew meat
1 bay leaf
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ lb (or a couple of handfuls) of green beans
1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
2 quarts vegetable broth (I use Nature’s Promise)
1 tablespoon white sugar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can chopped stewed tomatoes with juice
½ cup barley

salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

French Bread (bread machine recipe)

1 1/3 cup warm water
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups bread flour (OR 2 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour)
2 teaspoons yeast


Directions for the Beef Stew

1.  In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except barley.  Cook on low for 8-10   hours.

2.  During the last 30-40 minutes of cooking, add the barley and stir.  Serve hot!

Directions for the French Bread

1.  Place all ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order given.

2.  Set on French setting and medium crust.

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