Tonight I was faced with a dilemma. What to do with 1 pound of hamburger and no ideas for dinner. I could have made the old standbys, either spaghetti or hubby’s favorite “rice meat stuff” but I wanted something…different.
So I tossed the hamburger into the deep skillet and started it slowly browning while I went through the fridge and cupboards. There in the veggie drawer was one lone onion and a red bell pepper that was getting close to seeing better days. So I diced up 1/4 of the onion and tossed that in the pan. Next I added the red bell pepper, cut up into inch long strips. A little seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic powder. Then while the meat continued browning, I went in search of the next ingredients to be thrown into what was at that point, a mystery dinner.
After careful consideration, I pulled out beef broth, barley, a can of diced tomatoes (with green chilies), a can of corn, and a can of green beans.
Once the meat was browned, I added the barley and tomatoes, brought to a boil then reduced heat and simmered, covered, for 1 hr 15 minutes. Added in the corn and green beans, another 5-10 minutes, and dinner was served!
There we have it, a successful dinner experiment! I guess it would be a hamburger barley soup? Whatever it would be called, it’s good!
Hamburger Barley Soup
1 pound hamburger, browned
1/4 onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch strips
2 boxes beef broth (32 oz each)
3/4 cup barley
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can corn – drained
1 can green beans – drained
Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder – to taste
- Brown hamburger in a deep skillet along with diced onions and bell pepper, adding seasonings to meat while cooking. Drain grease.
- Add both boxes of beef broth, can of tomatoes (with juice) and barley to skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hr – 1 1/4 hrs. Stir occasionally.
- When barley is softened, add 1 can of corn (drained) and 1 can of green beans (drained) to skillet. Cover and simmer 5-10 minutes longer.
Lessons: Needs a little more seasoning. Will need to tinker with different seasonings the next time I make this.