When i first reviewed this recipe I gave it 4 stars for being bland, but after making it a few times I have found a way to make it spectacular. First, start with a good stock, not boullion cubes. Next, increase the celery and use the inside leafy part and top leafy part - just chop them up. Then substitute fresh thyme, add some sage (fresh is really best) and increase all the herbs by about 2-3times as much. Also, I add several cloves of garlic. With the new recipe my husband and I can't get enough, even though the soup is quite filling. I have also tried adding some lemon juice, which changes the flavor a bit and is just wonderful.
I've made a similar beef stew with barely recipe which calls for mushrooms. I added them to this one as well. Also, I added a little worchestershire sauce. Both additions make the stew a bit more hearty.
Great recipe! I made quite a few changes, but I wanted to post so I could repeat it in the future because it was so delicious! I sauteed the onion and 4 cloves of garlic in a little EVOO before adding the stock. I used 3 cups of stock + 3 cups of H20 + 2 tsp chicken base. I had roasted a chicken with sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips, so I added the leftover chicken and veggies to the stock. I added about 3/4 cup of sherry because I Love sherry in chicken soup, and 3 stalks of celery and 1 tsp of sage per another reviewer's suggestion and it was a perfect compliment! Thanks so much for the recipe, Bertha, this soup was awesome!
Very good but next time I'll add carrots for color.
This was delicious, hearty and healthy! Great recipe! I did find that I needed to up the seasoning a bit. I used chicken stock, as ordered, but also added some stock concentrate, salt, garlic salt, pepper and a bayleaf. I also added some green beans and a diced potato. Those additions upped it to 5 servings. It was GREAT!
I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good, which was a pleasant surprise because I have a hard time finding barley recipes that I enjoy. The flavor was delicious. Even my husband liked it a lot. I added pepper. I do think it was too salty, but I think I might have measured in too much bouillon--some days I just can't count to five without problems! thanks for a great recipe! This is going to become a staple meal in our home.
Wonderful. Luckily I froze a batch, and then when my hubby and I got sick last week, this was like money in the bank. Excellent comfort food!
My mom made something just like this and it was everything a good meal should be -- hearty, healthy and delicious.
I really like barley. I cooked the chicken a day before I made the meal. I also added a bit extra barley, basil and thyme. It came out thick, fragrant and delicious. Could easily be vegetarian without the chicken and would still taste good. Thank you Bertha.
This turned out pretty good for being so simple, just needed a little salt and pepper towards the end. I'm not a big fan of carrots but they complimented the barley and chicken very well. Took another reviewer's advice and doubled the garlic and basil, and used fresh thyme. I also upped the amount of celery and would like to add diced potatoes and peas and/or green beans next time... maybe a little onion or garlic powder too. This was an effortless recipe and the consistency of the stew was perfect. Would be easy to double as well for more food!