7 cups water 1 tblsp thyme soy sauce to taste 1 can 16 oz tomato sauce 1 can 16 oz diced tomatoes 1-1/2 tablespoons barley salt and pepper to taste 7-8 med potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes 1 lb ground meat 3-4 carrots, cut in half and in strips 1 stalk of celery chopped 1/2 medium onion in big pieces(so people can fish them out) 2 Italian squash unpeeled and cut in slices 1 bell pepper cut up can of green beans and/or corn as desired Brown meat with salt and pepper to taste. Start heating water, add potato, thyme, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Drain meat of fat and add to pot.
Add barley and bring to boil. then throw everything else in and cook until potatoes are tender.
Taste for seasoning as you go. Keeps well and tastes better the next day.