I have made this a few times and double it to make plenty of leftovers. I usually substitute 2 cans tomato sauce and 1 can of diced tomatoes for the tomato juice. I add water to thin it out to the 4 1/2 cups liquid. I also add a few tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. We both love it!
I made this on 1/19/09, for mine and SO's dinner.Since we don't like celery, it was left out and 1/2 teaspoon celery powder was used instead.If this is made again, I'm going to add more barley and less tomato juice. But the stew was very good. Thanks for posting and,"Keep Smiling :)"
WOW!!!! This is a great meal! And talk about easy and soooooo inexpensive!!!! Great stuff--great meal! Next time I'll be doubling this recipe so there will be plenty for lunches too! Thanks so much for posting this!
The serving size is generous, we have enough for 4 single servings, and it oh so easy to make. I had tomato sauce in the freezer left from something else which I added water to and it was a terrific stand in for tomato juice. I put it together at about 10:30 am and just left it on my warming burner all day. It was very cold and rainy today and this really hit the spot (even DH loved it). It's simple and hearty.
Delicious, I'm glad I doubled this recipe when I made it. It has a very good blend of flavors. We needed to use a bowl when I served this but an 1/8 cup more barley will probably thicken it up enough next time. Thank you for posting this recipe. Made for the Zaar Tag 2007 game.