A word of caution; My first atempt at barley soup was wonderful tasting. But the texture was definitely wrong.
I had purchased rolled barley, not knowing the difference between it and pearl barley. I added what seemed like a reasonable amount. I didn't really measure, or follow a recipe. The seasonings were perfect. The flavor wsa great. The veggies were cooked just right and the meat was tender and juicy. But the soup became porridge instead of soup. The rolled barley, with the amount I had added, gave the dish the consistancy of cooked oatmeal. As I said, it tasted great and would have been a wonderful dish, if I had wanted beef-flavored porridge.
It was hot and really warmed the tummy. Being savory, it worked for the evening meal. But no one really wanted seconds except me. I'll eat almost anything if it tastes ok.
Use pearl barley and follow the package directions to get the right amount of grain for the amount of soup you are making.
Seeeeya; Goodweed of the North