a staple in our home

i am a big believer in soup. warm, hearty, delicious soup. there is nothing a bowl of soup can't handle. which is why this soup has become a staple these past couple of months. it reminds me of a soup my mom used to make, which is probably why i love it so much. i just finished making a giant pot, and i hope you'll use this recipe sometime soon. its so easy to make and super delicious! i promise!

barley beef soup
(john hair, "sensible cooking")

3/4 cup pearl barley
2 1/2 cups salt water
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups diced celery
2 cups chopped onions
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
8 cups beef bouillon
1 quart tomatoes, pureed
1/2 cup apple juice
salt & pepper to taste

cook barley in salt water. brown ground beef. add remaining ingredients to pot. simmer until vegetables are tender. serve with a dollop of sour cream in each bowl.


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