This turned out to be a great soup, after making some changes/additions. I was short on time so I cooked the barley separately (quick cooking) and added it right before serving. I used between 1/2 and 3/4 cup uncooked. I didn't use any water, just 2 cans of chicken broth. I added about 1 tsp. basil (the frozen from Trader Joes is better than dried), 4 or 5 shakes of chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. In addition, I used 1/2 small can of tomato paste. I wanted a thick, not broth based soup, so I pureed about 3/4 of the soup, just leaving some tomato and onion chunks. Before serving, a added about 1/2 bag of frozen, chopped spinach.
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This turned out to be a great soup, after making some changes/additions. I was short on time...