An easy classic beef barley soup with lots of flavor! Feel free to add in any extras of your choice, I like to add in chili flakes and jalapeno peppers for some heat, I also like to sprinkle some fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top of the soup in the bowl
- 2⁄3 cup pearl barley
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced (optional, can use more I always do)
- 1 -2 teaspoon dried thyme (optional or to taste)
- 4 carrots (peeled and finely chopped)
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 3 (10 1/2 ounce) cans beef consomme, undiluted
- 2 cups water
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can tomato soup, undiluted
- 1 -2 bay leaf
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- In a large Dutch oven, brown the ground beef with onion, garlic and thyme (if using) until meat is no longer pink.
- Add the remaining ingredients to pot.
- Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, adding salt and pepper to suit taste.
I've made this at least six times now and finally thought to review it. We've had it with both the ground beef and leftover roast, either way it's a family favourite.The addition of the can of tomatoe soup just gives it that extra body and flavour. We're having it tonight with bakery rolls and saskatoon berry pie for dessert. Thanks for another awesome recipe Kittencal.
Made this for our lunch yesterday and I followed the directions except for using leftover roast beef...wonderful. Another winner and one I will make again.
Wonderful!! This soup is soooo good just like all of Kittencal's recipes!! This is one soup that will be made often. Thank you so much.