My mother used to make this when the situation was dire. DIRE. When she was really worried about someone, or when that someone was broken-hearted and had had impacted wisdom teeth dug out and had contracted the flu at the same time and and they were scary skinny. And this soup would make
First, you need some soup bones. Your up-scale type grocery stores will not have these good soup bones. Trust me.
These bones must have some meat on them, but most importantly, a big patch of marrow in the bone. Mmmm. Mmmmarrrow.
When the meat is tender, or as tender as it is ever going to be,
Make sure all the marrow is out of the bones, too. Put that all back into the broth, along with some salt, about a half-dollar's worth.
Then add your pearl barley. About a cup.