Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
This is probably one of my all-time favorite soups. Simple to prepare; satisfying and delicious to eat...
Vegetable Beef with Barley Soup
1/2 pound beef stew meat, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup of pearl barley, dry
6 cups of water
1 (14 oz) can of fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1/4 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Fill a large pot with water. Salt the beef and add the beef, parsley and onions to the pot of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the meat is tender. Add the tomatoes, 2 cups of water and the barley. Simmer an additional 30 minutes or until the barley is cooked through. Add the vegetables and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
Alternately, all the ingredients except the vegetables can be put in a crock pot and cooked all day. The soup can be finished by adding the vegetables and cooking to desired tenderness.