Loved this! I made changes out of necessity but I'm sure the recipe is perfect as written. It's a great jumping off point. I had a 1 lb hunk of leftover rare roast beef (eye of round) from yesterday's dinner so I cubed that. Then I realized I left my crock pot at a friend's so I had to make it on the stove. I finely diced and sauteed a small onion in a lil olive oil, added a tsp of garlic, then added water, bouillon, tomato sauce, beef, a bay leaf and a tiny bit of Italian seasoning (the roast I cut up was already heavily seasoned on the outside). I used about an extra 2 cups of water and lil extra bouillon. I then partially covered and let it simmer for a couple hours and reduce a bit. Then added the barley, covered and let simmer on low for about another hour. This is exactly what I wanted: rich, beefy, tomatoey and the barley has swelled and already started to thicken the broth. B/c everyone says it gets better,I'm really looking forward to trying it tomorrow and the next day, b/c it's already pretty delish now.
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Loved this! I made changes out of necessity but I'm sure the recipe is perfect as written. ...