1/2 cup Pearl barley
2 1/2 lb. Hamburger – or lean ground beef
2 Tbl. Oil or shortening
1 Medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. Salt or to taste
2 cups Chopped celery
3/4 Green pepper, chopped
1 large (20 oz.) can Tomato soup
1/2 cup Water
1 tsp. Salt
1 can (15oz.) Peas (can use frozen baby peas, thawed – prettier and tastier)
Cook barley in water until almost tender.
In large frying pan, brown meat in oil or shortening. Add onion, salt and mix well. Add the barley, celery, green pepper, tomato soup and water and salt.
Place all in oven-safe bowl.
Bake 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees. Add peas and bake 15 minutes longer. Add parsley flakes if desired. Stir occasionally while baking.
Source: Friend of my mother (This has been a family favorite since I was a little girl.)
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