I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tomato Barley Soup

This is one of Autumn's favorite soups. Like most soups, this is even better the next day.


Tomato Barley Soup

Ingredients:
*1 cup onion, chopped
*1 cup celery, chopped
*1 cup carrots, chopped
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*2 cups water
*2 tomatoes, diced
*1 pint stewed tomatoes
*2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
*1/3 cup uncooked barley
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 teaspoon dried oregano
*1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
*1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Directions:
~Soak barley in a bowl of water while preparing the vegetables.
~In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and olive oil.
~Sauté for 5-10 minutes, until vegetables are almost tender.
~Drain barley.
~Add the water, fresh tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, chicken stock, barley, oregano, italian seasoning, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
~Stir throughly and bring to a boil.
~Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour (make sure barley is tender).


Variations:
-Add 1 cup chopped, cooked chicken.
-Add 1 pound ground beef, cooked & drained.
-Add a half a head of cabbage.

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