Put 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil in frying pan. Add beef & season with salt and pepper. Brown. Set aside.
Heat remaining oil in pan and add onion, carrots and celery. Cook and stir until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, garlic and thyme, cook 5 minutes more. Add water to frying pan & mix - be sure to scrape bottom of pan well to get the "meat" flavor.
Pour into soup pot and add beef and chicken broths with barley and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add more water if necessary. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving. Serves 8.
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