Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food

Soup is the epitome of comfort, a wonderful soul warming food filled with wholesome ingredients and fantastic flavors.

Is there anything more satisfying on a cold winter’s day than a hot bowl of homemade soup?

And making your own soup allows you complete mastery over what goes into each recipe, and the methods and techniques used to create delicious and nutritious dishes. Soups are ideal as appetizers or starters, as a side dish, as a one-pot meal and can be stored in your refrigerator or freezer to enjoy over and over.

One of everybody’s favorite soups is vegetable beef barley–easy to make and nearly certain to garner the cook many compliments and requests for second helpings. The smell alone is simply heavenly. This awesome soup can be a full meal in and of itself. It is also wonderful served just before a meal or with salad, bread, and cheese–a delicious, savory soup destined to become a family favorite.

Here is my easy and affordable recipe:


3 beef marrow bones                                                                                       3 sprigs fresh parsley                                                                                       3 stalks celery                              

1 whole yellow onion                                                                                       3 carrots                                                                                                       ½ cup barley                                                                                                   2 1lb bags frozen mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, green beans peas)                

3 tablespoons tomato paste                                                                             salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil marrow bones with onion, celery, salt, pepper and parsley for 2 hours in stockpot.
  2. Remove meat from bones, put meat in stockpot and simmer ½ hour. After bones cool, give to dog.
  3. Add barley, simmer for 15 minutes and add mixed vegetables.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes and add tomato paste.
  5. Simmer ½ hour.
  6. Serve hot.

Soup makes a wonderful addition to any meal, and once you make a pot or two, you'll discover it isn't really that hard to make.  

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