Vegetable Beef Soup

Today I whipped together the Vegetable Beef Soup from my giveaway Ebook, Against the Grain by Kate at Modern Alternative Mama, just to give everyone a little taste of how awesome this cookbook is.

It was a great day to make this recipe, because it was a busy day and I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to cook, so I did all the prep work (which wasn’t much) earlier in the day, then turned the soup on about 3 hours before dinnertime.  It smelled SOOOO good all afternoon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound stew beef (I used ground turkey, it was what I had, and it turned out great, but I’m sure the beef would have been delicious too)
  • 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced (I chopped – smaller chunks are better for the baby)
  • 2 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 6 cups beef stock (I used 6 cups of water and 6 boullion cubes; I know, HUGE no-no, but I had no beef, and no beef stock, and I REALLY wanted to try the soup, so I used what I had)
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Here’s what I did:

I browned the meat, and sauteed the onion and garlic in the oil.

I chopped all the veggies and put them in a big pot, then added the “stock”, tomato puree, and spices.  Look at those gorgeous vegetables.  I just LOVE the fact that those green beans came from my garden.  I don’t know why, but homegrown vegetables just TASTE BETTER.  It’s such a wonderful feeling of resourcefulness!

Simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, and serve.

We thought it was delicious.  My husband, who really doesn’t even like vegetables (very unfortunate when you have celiac disease) called this one “a winner”.  Hannah got it all over herself in her excitement.  She is just learning to eat by herself, with a spoon.  What a mess!

I got a great sense of satisfaction at using all those vegetables and creating a filling, delicious meal out of them!

Thanks Kate for the awesome recipe.

And if you haven’t entered for the Ebook giveaway yet, go here to enter!

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Comments

  1. Looks wonderful! Now that the weather has turned cool I will be adding more soups and stews to the menu plan. Thanks for linking your recipe to the Frugal Tuesday Tip. We always get so many great ideas.

    http://learningthefrugallife.blogspot.com/2011/10/frugal-tuesday-tip-week-39.html

  2. This looks amazing and what perfect weather for soup!! Will have to try. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Yum. Can’t wait to try this. I have been digging around my Fix-it and Forget-it late at night to come up with dinners. This sounds like one to try for my work-from-home day : ) And I know what you are saying about vegetables from the garden, I just wish we could grow some time to keep up with ours!

  4. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This looks delish! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/10/fat-tuesday-october-18-2011/

    If you have grain-free recipes please visit my Grain-Free Linky Carnival in support of my 28 day grain-free challenge! It will be open until November 2.

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/10/grain-free-real-food-linky-carnival/

  5. I can smell it from here! Yum! Thanks for joining the Frugal Tuesday Tip this week. See you next week? Going to look at the giveaway now. JULIA

  6. Stopping by on the Tuesday Tip hop. I’m a new follower!

  7. Just found & followed you via Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop!
    http://cupcakecucumber.blogspot.com/

    I’d love to interview you for my blog sometime!

    Brooke

  8. I found you at Food on Fridays. This sounds delicious!

    Nothing like offering your family veggies from your own garden.

  9. Even in N FL our weather has turned significantly cooler. This would be a great Fall soup. Looking forward to trying your recipe.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  10. I like this vegetable beef soup. As it hearty, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  11. This is a great Vegetable Beef Soup and one of my favorite wintertime favorites. I will have to try your recipe real soon! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Nothing better than a fresh vegetable soup! I love soup weather.

  13. Your soup looks hearty and delicious. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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