In case anyone's in need/want of a new soup recipe, I tried out a new recipe tonight that was delicious, easy, hearty, and healthy.
1 large onion, finely chopped
1.5 - 2 pounds ground beef (I use organic, but it needn't be)
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes (not seasoned)
2+ cups of water (I used 2 cups and got a lovely thick soup - but thin it out if you'd like)
3 cups (beef) consomme
1 can tomato soup
4 large carrots, chopped finely
3 stalks celery, chopped finely
8 Tablespoons pearl barley
1 bay leaf
parsley (I had dried on hand)
A good sprinkle of herbes de provence (or thyme & basil)
S&P to taste
In a bit of olive oil, saute the onions until soft (8-10 minutes). Add ground beef and brown lightly (it'll cook more thoroughly later). Then add all of the rest of the ingredients. Simmer over low heat for two hours. Serve with warm, crusty bread.
Perfect comfort food on a cold winter night.