Beef Barley soup

2 qts water
2 tbsp powdered beef soup base
1 c. barley
2 small diced potatoes
1 chopped celery
3 diced large carrots
1/2 lb ground beef
1 chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic minced

Saute onion, garlic and ground beef. Drain fat. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 1-2 hours.

If mushrooms are cheap they add a nice touch.

This is a great filling winter stew. Everyone loves it, including the men in the family. It really stretches a small amount of meat to feed everyone.

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