1Turn slow cooker on HIGH to pre-heat
2With a splash of oil, fry off carrot, celery and onion in a fry pan to speed up the cooking process.
3Meanwhile, coat pork pieces in flour and place into the bottom of the slow cooker.
4As veg starts to soften and onions become clear, add cloves and thyme, and cook for another minute or 2.
5Pour in jar of red pasta sauce, plus the same amount of water and stir.
6Pour veg over the pork and cook for 1 hour on high, then turn to low for another 1 hour.
7Add pearl barley and stir through, keeping as everything covered with liquid.
8(it will seem watery at this stage but the pearl barley will absorb most of the liquid)
9Continue to cook on low for another hour.
10Serve as is for a very healthy dinner or tomorrow's lunch.
Submitted by Kelly Ryan
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