Which is why this soup is so fabulous. It's hot, tasty, and hearty, meeting all my requirements for January comfort food. Paired with some Lightened Buttery Dinner Rolls (recipe forthcoming), it's the perfect winter lunch or dinner to help fill you up while still shedding those pesky holiday pounds.
Beef & Barley Soup
Adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray
1 lb. lean (93%) ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
8 cups water
8 cubes beef bouillon
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup frozen green beans
1/2 cup quick barley
2 tsp. dried oregano
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Penzeys Pasta Sprinkle
1 tsp. Penzeys Tuscan Sunset2 tsp. Penzeys Forward!
In a Dutch oven or large soup pot, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a spatula or wooden spoon as it starts to brown. Stir in the onion and garlic, lower the heat to medium, and cook until the beef is well-browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer over high heat. Add the water, bouillon cubes, carrots, celery, green beans, barley, and spices and return to a simmer. Lower the heat and cook until the barley is very tender, about 1 hour. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
Serves: 7-8 servings, 2 cups each
Calories: 166 calories per serving