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.
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
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.