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1.5 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into bite-sized morsels

2/3 cup of pearl barley

A pound of potatoes, diced

2 carrots, sliced to your liking

1 onion, finely diced

2 stalks of celery, chopped

2 tablespoons of rich tomato paste

4 cloves of garlic, minced

6 cups aromatic beef broth

2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce for that tang

Fresh thyme (2 sprigs)

2 bay leaves for depth

Salt and pepper, to season

How to Make:

Begin by layering beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, and garlic in the slow cooker. Tip: For added flavor, brown the beef before adding.

Whisk together tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl. Spread this savory blend over the contents in the cooker.

Toss in the aromatic thyme and bay leaves.

Drench everything with the beef broth, ensuring all ingredients are submerged.

Let the magic happen: cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, till the beef becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender.

For that authentic barley touch: stir in the pearl barley about 30 minutes before serving. Continue to cook till the barley softens and the stew thickens.

As the final touch, fish out the bay leaves and thyme.

Taste-test and tweak seasonings if required. Pour into bowls and relish every spoonful.

Tip: For a creamier consistency, blend some cornstarch with water and add during the last half-hour of cooking.

Closing Thoughts:

Slow Cooker Beef & Barley Soup is more than just a meal—it's a hug in a bowl. Its rich flavors and heartiness are a promise of comfort and warmth. Dive into a bowl and let it work its age-old magic on you!