Mom made this soup when we were at home and it was my favorite. She just made it from whatever was left in the refrigerator at the end of the week. I have tweaked it a little but it is her basic recipe. It is still a favorite around our house.
1In a large soup pot, place potatoes, onion, celery, tomatoes, chopped garlic and water or vegetable stock (enough to cover vegetables by 2 inches).
2Add the soup spices to pot. Stir to combine.
3Cover and bring soup to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and continue simmering.
4While this is simmering, prepare ground beef by crumbling it into a large skillet, seasoning it with garlic salt and cumin and cooking until it is no longer pink. Drain off the excess fat and add the beef to the simmering pot. Cover and continue simmering.
5After @ 30-45 minutes, add the mixed vegetables, okra, cabbage and macaroni to the soup pot. Add more vegetable broth if needed so you will have plenty of soup stock.
6Lower the heat and cook until veggies and cabbage are tender and the macaroni is cooked but not mushy, @ 15-20 minutes.