Crockpot Mushroom Barley Stoup

Written by chanie on May 1st, 2013

It was Rachel Ray who first coined the phrase stoup, and this is a perfect example of what it is: thicker than a soup but thinner than a stew. It’s surprising that I’m posting a hearty dish like this when the weather is finally starting to warm up, but when I made this on a cold and chilly day earlier in the week, my Facepage page went gaga over it. I don’t know if it’s the whole slow cooker thing, but I definitely wasn’t expecting this soup to go viral. Not that it’s not delicious. Because, my, is it ever. With fall-off-the-bone flanken, two types of mushrooms and hearty root vegetables simmered in a thyme-scented chicken broth, this is good enough to make purely for the smell that will waft through your house for hours.

Serve with crusty bread for a whole meal in one bowl!

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  1. Hindy says:

    Do you think this would work in the slow cooker as a shabbat lunch dish? Huge fan of any soup with mushrooms!

  2. Ronnie Fein says:

    This is one of my favorite soups. My mother-in-law made such good Mushroom Barley soup that I never attempted it. I miss it, so thanks for what looks like a terrific recipe.

  3. Nancy Goldberg Levine says:

    This looks very good–I’ll have to try it!

  4. I always do this soup in a crock pot and have it for lunch on a cold shabbos afternoon! Great and classic recipe!

  5. Fashion-isha says:

    OMG this looks AMAAAZING! Can I link to this for one of my Friday Food and Favorites posts??

  6. stephanie says:

    always looking for more ways to use my slow cooker, so thanks for this!

  7. Roslyn says:

    Do you think I could substitute rice for the barley… Hubby needs to follow a gluten free diet.

  8. Liz Rueven says:

    This is a great reminder to NOT put our crockpots away in the warmer months. NOTHING fills the house with deep rich aromas like something simmering for this many hours. THANKS!

  9. There is something that is extremely comforting about soup/ stoup/stews. This looks fantastic.

  10. one of my favorite soups! and i love anything in the crockpot

  11. I love crockpot recipes and this one looks amazing!

  12. Looks and sounds delicious, especially the added meat , I love mushroom barley soup, and of course can’t go wrong with a crock pot recipe

  13. Crystal says:

    Yummy! Just bookmarked! Please feel free to share with our G+ Community, The Crock Pot Crowd. We welcome posts and recipes from bloggers! :)

  14. Bobbi says:

    Can this be made conventionally without a crock pot

  15. Bonnie says:

    This is going to be a very dumb question, but what the heck. What are flankens? They look like some type of short rib?

  16. Aliza friedman says:

    Can I make this for shabbos day? Also i can’t have chicken soup mix or beef, anything you recommend substituting or do you think water will work?

    • chanie says:

      A few of my readers have made this for Shabbos with great success. I don’t use soup mix, I use the cartons of stock from Imagine (it’s vegetarian chicken broth, made only of vegetables). If you can’t have that, I guess use water.

  17. Carrie says:

    How inportant is it to saute everything first if I’m making this for shabbat much and it’ll have the extra time to cook? Think I can just dump it all in and it would turn out well?

  18. Rachel says:

    Hi Chanie,
    Is it possible to half this recipe? I have a smaller crock pot and i don’t think it will hold 12 cups of broth/water – but I want this for shabbos day.

  19. Rena says:

    How many servings does this recipe make? Looks delish, but I think I only need 4-6 servings. Cut it in half? Thanks!

  20. Ilissa says:

    If I wanted to make this without the meat, would you suggest any alterations to the recipe?
    I also would like to make it overnight for Shabbat lunch. Thanks!

  21. Rachel says:

    i dont have broth. How can i use water and beef/chicken soup mix as an equivalent.

  22. Jessica says:

    Hi, could I use shin beef as an alternative to flanken? I happen to have a pack.

  23. Alyssa says:

    Would I be able to use chicken instead of beef for this?

  24. Carol says:

    Made it for lunch. Came home from shul what a delicious soup on this freezing cold day. Thanks

  25. Chumie says:

    I only have boneless flanken in the house. Will it hold up if I make this for Shabbos lunch? And if you think the flanken without bones won’t work, could I substitute sausage, like kielbasa?

  26. Aliza says:

    My husband does not like mushrooms. Can I leave them out or use a substitute?

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