Tomato Barley Soup
*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
~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.
~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).
-Add 1 cup chopped, cooked chicken.
-Add 1 pound ground beef, cooked & drained.
-Add a half a head of cabbage.