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I LOVED it, my son loved it and my man loved it! Will be making this one for years to come. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome and tasty soup!

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idrinknyquil November 07, 2012

This was very yummy!! I don't use cilantro & cumin much so this was a nice/different taste for me. I didn't have green chilies so I used a little chili powder instead. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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shortstuff January 28, 2010

This is a very good soup. I didn't have any carrot but it was just fine without. I think I might go have a bowl now. I made this in 86 degree weather because I was wanting soup so bad!

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buzzsau August 11, 2009

I just loved this soup! My Dad mentioned that he loves Mexican Meatball Soup, and he also loves barley, so I figured I would give this one a try. DELICOUS! I made as directed except I cooked my meatballs in a skillet with some non-stick spray before adding them to the soup. Exceptional flavors! This makes a TON of soup - perfect to freeze. My Dad and husband each had THREE bowls of this soup and were still raving about it after we played cribbage for a couple of hours. GREAT RECIPE! I highly recommend. Thanks!

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NELady August 29, 2008

Excellent soup and easy to make. I left out the cumin for personal preference. This is a hearty soup that will fill you up. I did find that the meatballs released their grease into the soup so next time I might cook the meatballs in the oven. This might mean they may not be so soft in texture though. My daughter who was sick with a cold found this quite comforting. Thanks for the recipe.

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Cilantro in Canada November 06, 2007

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't expect to like this much, not being big on barley; I just wanted to make something my father would enjoy. But the first bite had me impressed and with each subsequent bite, I was more and more convinced that I DO like barley! *lol* I wanted to use turkey, and will next time, but beef was what I had on hand and thawed. What a lovely, flavorful and hearty soup this was. And will be again. Soon. Oh and my father DID love it, as did my husband. Thank you, Molly, for posting what was, for me, a "sleeper" of a recipe!

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Sandi (From CA) October 14, 2007

Very nice, simple tasty soup. I would have liked a little more cumin, but that's a minor adjustment. I did cook the barley in advance, it made putting the soup together very quick. A perfect warm-you-up for a blustery Spring (?) day.

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Jenny Sanders April 14, 2005

This was delicious! I used Rotel spicy tomatoes and skipped the green chilis. I doubled the broth amount. This was a nice soup to have on a chilly day.

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luvmybge November 09, 2012

A great recipe. This will probably become a fall staple for me and my family. I love the spices. I used half turkey and half ground lamb because that is what I had in the fridge. Also, I pan seared the meatballs before putting them in the soup to get a nice seared texture and taste from them. I also didn't have cilantro so just skipped that ingredient. It turned out lovely and my family gobbled it up. We had left overs for a week in the fridge.

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tpesik June 06, 2009

This soup is so delicious! Light and flavorful. I used turkey for the meatballs and browned them lightly and refrigerated. I made the soup by adding everything to the crockpot and let it come to a simmer and then added the meatballs, some chili powder, a little celery salt, garlic powder and chopped zucchini to the broth. I forgot to add the cilantro to the soup at the end and it was still fantastic. I'll be making this again for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Lucky in Bayview March 18, 2013
Barley Albondigas (Meatball) Soup