• 1/2 c Each: chopped onion, celery and bell pepper
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 c Medium pearl barley
  • 1/4 c Tomato paste
  • 2 ts Instant beef bouillon -granules
  • 2 1/2 c Boiling water
  • 1 cn Tomatoes or stewed tomatoes, -with liquid (14.5 ounces)

Crumble beef into a microwave safe plastic colander suspended over a 3 qt. casserole. Top with onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic;
cover with casserole lid or vented plastic wrap. Stirring midway through cooking, microwave on HIGH for 6 minutes, or until beef is no
longer pink.

Discard grease and place barley, tomato paste and bouillon in same casserole. Pour boiling water over barley; stir. Top with beef
mixture and tomatoes with liquid; do not stir. Re-cover and microwave on MEDIUM- HIGH (70 %) for 30 minutes. Stir and let stand
for 5 minutes.