Basically you brown the meat. Braise it in spiced beef broth for several hours then add the veggies and simmer until tender.
Notes: I'm a little lazy and just bought pre-cut "stew meat" at Sam's. You could just trim up a beef roast into 1 inch cubes. Chuck roast trimmed, or something like a sirloin tip roast would be good.
Old Fashion Vegetable Beef Soup
Wonderfully simple old fashion soup packed with taste and good for you too. A great fall or winter meal for just the two of you (with left overs) or for the family. Exceptional taste with the tomato base. The only draw back is the cooking time but if you want great soup, you usually pay the price in cooking time. But the actual work is minimal. I promised simple not fast.
- 2 pounds Stew Beef
- 32 oz beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 5 peppercorns
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 t thyme
- 1/4 t marjoram
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 large carrot
- 1/2 lb. green beans cut into 3/4 inch pieces
- 1 stick of celery
1) Trim and prep 2 pounds of stew meat. Cut your own or just buy it. Heat a large pot over medium high heat with a teaspoon of oil. Add the beef and cook until well browned, about 10 minutes. 2) Add 32 oz of beef broth. Add spices:1 bay leaf, 5 peppercorns, 1 t salt, 1/4 t thyme and 1/4 t marjoram.3) Cover and simmer until the beef is "fork tender". 2-3 hours depending on your beef.4) Prep your veggies. 1 medium onion chopped. 1 large carrot pealed and cut into 1/4 inch slices. 1/2 lb green beans cut into 3/4 inch pieces (substitute frozen if you want). 1 stick of celery cut into 1/2 inch pieces.5) Add to beef along with one 15 oz can of diced tomatoes including the liquid. Simmer covered until carrots are tender. About 60-90 minutes.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings