Most of the beef and mushroom soup recipes here include barley. I have never used barley, but am rather curious about it. BUT, anyone who knows me knows a couple of things: I shop frequently at the salvage store and I will take a shortcut anywhere I can get it in the kitchen when I'm in an experimental mood. This recipes uses a Hamburger Helper mix and sounds pretty good for a quick winter weeknight meal. Great, too, if you're on a budget. Those boxes of Hamburger Helper are only a buck at the salvage store, so that works for me, who is always looking for a bargin.