Hearty Sausage and Barley Soup

Time: 20 min. prep + 1-2 hours simmering
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe from Julie Thomson

***Note: Don't feel overwhelmed with this long list of ingredients. Once you have browned the sausage you just dump everything in all at once and let the old girl simmer. Pretty easy. :) ***

1 (16 ounce) package sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper
2 Tb green pepper, minced
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
2 (14.5 ounce) diced stewed tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
8 C water
1 1/2 tsp bon appetit seasoning salt 
2 bay leaves
2 Tb Worcestershire sauce
1 Tb salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp beef bouillon
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 Tb sugar
1/2 C pearled barley (most often found on same aisle as rice, or in the bulk food section).

1. Chop one onion, mince a clove of garlic and toss them into a large soup pot. Add 1 pound pork sausage and brown over medium high heat. You want the sausage to be cooked through and the onions to be translucent.
2. While your sausage cooks away, mince 2 Tb green pepper and chop 4 stalks celery, 2 russet (or yukon gold) potatoes and 3 carrots. You also need 2 Tb chopped fresh parsley. Pretty! :) Add all of the vegetables to the soup pot. 
3. Pour in 2 cans of diced tomatoes (undrained), 1 can tomato sauce and 8 C hot water. 
4. Add 1 1/2 tsp bon appetit seasoning salt, 2 bay leaves,  2 Tb Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tb salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1 tsp beef bouillon, 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1 Tb sugar. Give it a nice stir to combine. 
5. Add 1/2 C pearled barley. I found some in the bulk food section at my local Smiths (Kroger). I've also seen it at Walmart alongside the rice. 
6. Bring the pot to a simmer. Cover the pot with the lid tilted at an angle to allow some of the steam to escape. Simmer for 1-2 hours (stirring occasionally), or until the barley is cooked and soft.

Serve and enjoy!  

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