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Beef and Barley Slow-Cooker Stew

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If you own a slow cooker, then you're in luck because today Sarah Carey is grabbing one and making a rich and robust beef barley stew. This recipe is as delicious as it is straightforward -- just add browned meat and sauteed garlic, along with butternut squash, potatoes, and barley. Then set your cooker and forget about it for eight hours until the meat is shreddable and the vegetables are tender. Enjoy a bowl tonight, but be sure to freeze some for a rainy day, too!

Here's what you'll need to get stewing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 pound beef chuck, cut into 3 pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth, divided
  • 1/2 pound small potatoes, halved
  • 1/2 medium butternut squash (1 pound), peeled and diced medium (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley

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