I finally got the soup started. Thank goodness it is ground beef, so it won't take as long as if it were stew beef. I'm trying something different with this. I've got a big bottle of hot and spicy V-8. I enjoy sipping a little glass of it now and then, but not often, so I decided to use it in the soup. So far the plan is ground beef, garlic, onion, tomatoes, beef stock, the V-8, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, frozen corn, peas, and whatever other frozen vegetables are already open. I wish I had barley!
Hopefully I will have leftovers.
(I'd BETTER have lots of leftovers--I'm using 3 pounds of ground beef and am planning on filling my stockpot (which holds 15 quarts, with room to bubble) as full as I can! I plan to freeze it for cold and/or busy days ahead.