Mom’s Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

This soup is my mom’s recipe and let me tell ya, it is amazing!!! Nothing is better than a bowl of this on a cold night. Not only is it full of flavor, but its full of healthy veggies!! It freezes great too, so the leftovers can be stored for another evening! With the cold weather among us, this is just the thing to make! 

1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced (or the equivalent in garlic powder)
4 cups beef broth
3 cups water
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1/2 cup medium Quaker Barley
1/2 cup sliced celery 
1/2 cup sliced carrots
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/2 tsp Basil
1 (9 oz) package frozen mixed vegetable

In a 4 quart saucepan or dutch oven, brown the ground beef. Add onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is tender; drain. Add remaining ingredients except the frozen vegetables. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer about 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add frozen vegetables and cook about 10 more minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add additional water or extra can of tomatoes if soup becomes too thick upon standing. Enjoy!
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