Saturday, September 17, 2011
Beef and Barley Soup - bring on Fall!
Waking up to a dreary sky, drizzling rain just screams SOUP to me! Deciding which soup to make was the harder decision. I could eat soup for 7 days and be happy! (My family probably wouldn't agree - so we haven't taken that challenge!) And the winner for today was -Beef and Barley, in the crockpot - bonus for a Saturday!
I pulled up the recipe I used for Beef Barley Stew and Easy Hamburger Soup and switch them up a bit. Soups to me are honestly an easy entree to make - kind of like a quiche or an omelet. A great vegetable soup is essentially emptying out the crisper in the refrigerator!
So here is what I came up with for my Beef and Barley Soup - and it was DELICIOUS! Kids all ate TWO bowls, full of veggies and goodness!
Beef and Barley Soup
1lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped into small pieces
3 Beef Bouillon cubes
1 can diced tomatoes - juice and all
1 can corn - don't drain
3 tablespoons oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups water (may need to add another as it cooks)
3/4 cup barley (uncooked)
Brown hamburger in skillet with onions. Add everything BUT barley into crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Add Barley 3 hours prior to serving to allow for it to cook. If it becomes too thick while cooking, add another cup of water.