Quick Beef and Vegetable Soup

1 onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 cups tomato juice
1-3/4 cups beef broth or canned stock
One 10 oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
1 tbs fresh parsley, optional

Chop the onion, mince the garlic. In a soup pot, brown the ground beef with the onion over medium-high heat. Pour off the fat from the pan and discard. Add the garlic, thyme, tomato juice, broth and 1/2 tsp salt. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add the vegetables and the parsley. Cover and cook until heated through about 5 minutes.

Serves 4.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana