Bill's Vegetable Soup
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds london broil -- cubed
2 stalks celery -- sliced
2 cups water
2 quarts water -- approximately
1 soup bone -- optional
1 tablespoon thyme
salt and pepper -- to taste 1 medium onion -- diced
2 cloves garlic -- chopped
2 cans beef broth
2 tablespoons kitchen bouquet
1 package frozen mixed vegetables -- large
1 can tomatoes -- diced
1 package frozen stew vegetables -- large
4 potatoes -- cut up
1 can corn
1 can green beans
1 cup barley
Brown meat in vegetable oil. Add two cups water and celery. Allow to simmer about twenty minutes covered.
Add beef broth (the non-condensed kind), soup bone, garlic, onion, and Kitchen Bouquet. Simmer about one hour covered.
Add barley. Simmer one-half hour.
Add frozen, fresh, canned vegetables, thyme, salt and pepper . Simmer one-half hour or until vegetables are tender.