This was a very good starter recipe. Unfortunately, I had assumed I had all the ingredients and realized I didn't as I was already committed. My substitutions, though, were very good! Instead of carrots and celery, I used a 16 oz. frozen bag of peas and carrots. I increased the barley to 3/4 cup. For the beef broth, I used 4 cups of water + 5 beef bouillon cubes. I was out of tomato soup, yet a can of plain tomato sauce did the trick. I eliminated the bay leaf, parsley, and time. Instead, I added garlic salt and basil. When browning the ground beef, I added the onion (chunked) and minced, fresh garlic. Finally, I used my crock pot - an hour on high and then at least an hour or so on low. Everyone - even my finicky youngest - loved the results! This is a great recipe for a cold, dreary winter day.
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This was a very good starter recipe. Unfortunately, I had assumed I had all the ingredients...