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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Barley

Total Time
7 hr 20 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
7 hr
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
To give this recipe a nice smoky flavor, swap fire-roasted crushed tomatoes for the plain ones.
Ingredients

uncooked pearl barley

1 cup(s), rinsed (use long-cooking variety; not pearled barley)

uncooked red onion(s)

1 small, finely chopped

uncooked celery

1 rib(s), large, chopped

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

red pepper flakes

¼ tsp, crushed, or more to taste

canned kidney beans

15 oz, drained and rinsed

canned crushed tomatoes

28 oz

bay leaf

2 leaf/leaves

fat free chicken broth

3 cup(s), or vegetable broth

black pepper

¼ tsp

table salt

1 tsp

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in order listed in a 5-quart slow cooker; do not stir.
  2. Cover and cook on low setting of slow cooker for 7 hours; stir and serve. Yields about 1 1/3 cups per serving.
Notes
If time allows, make it a day before you want to eat it since the dish tastes even better the second day.

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