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Hamburger Barley Soup

1 pound lean ground beef

1 16-ounce can tomatoes chopped

6 ounces tomato juice

7 cups water

1/2 pound fresh or frozen string beans chopped

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 cup diced celery

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 cup barley

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 large baking potato, peeled and diced

In a large pot, brown the ground beef. Drain completely. Return the meat to the pot. Add tomatoes, tomato juice, water, beans, bell pepper, celery, seasonings and barley, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Add diced carrots and potatoes. Cook another 30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

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