Old Fashion Vegetable Beef Soup

A hardy old fashion vegetable beef soup like grandma would have made. Just follow these easy step by step photo instructions.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 508kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 2 pounds Stew Beef or chuck roast
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram seen notes
  • 1 onion medium chopped
  • 1 carrot large
  • 1/2 lb green beans cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1 stalk celery


  • 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.
  • Add 32 oz of beef broth. Add spices:1 bay leaf, 5 peppercorns, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 teaspoon marjoram.
  • Cover and simmer until the beef is “fork tender”. 2-3 hours depending on your beef.
  • Prep your veggies. 1 medium onion chopped. 1 large carrot peeled 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.
  • 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.


Pro Tips:

  1. You can use pre-cut "stew meat" or just trim up a beef roast into 1-inch cubes.  Chuck roast trimmed, or something like a sirloin tip roast would be good.
  2. To make it Barley Beef Soup toss in about 1/3 - 1/2 cup of uncooked barley at the beginning of the recipe. The barley will be tender. If you like your barley a little firmer, put with the veggies.
  3. Marjoram is a cousin of oregano but not as strong. Recommended substitutes include half the volume of oregano, sage or thyme. Skip if you want.
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Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1038mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2050IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5.2mg