Pearl Barley Hot Dish

I sort of made this dish up when I realized that the ingredients I had bought for another dish were not going to work…so it’s kind of a variation of the original dish. Also, I wanted to make something so I could use the pearl barley I had bought for another dish that never got made. If you don’t have any pearl barley or don’t want to give it a try, rice would work fine, too.

Ingredients:
1 cup Pearl Barley (soaked for 3 hours and then cooked at a boil for 15 minutes)
1 can tomato soup (not the condensed kind)
1 can mixed vegetables, drained
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 lbs. hamburger or ground chicken or turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
Salt and pepper

Instructions:
Cook barley and drain.

Brown hamburger with onion. Mix in other ingredients. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the tomato soup starts to thicken up a bit. (You don’t want it to be soupy.)

Did I change anything? The original recipe called for mushroom soup but I wasn’t sure if they meant cream of mushroom and then you were supposed to bake it. I don’t know, but once I started thinking about the recipe I realized it seemed kind of weird and I didn’t think it was going to work. Next time I make this I might add a little worcestershire sauce.

What did the family think? Everyone liked it except the youngest…do you see a pattern here???? His excuse this time was that he couldn’t eat it because of his new orthodontia. So he had strawberries and milk for dinner. At least it was healthy.

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