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The Best Beef Vegetable Soup (from my Mom)

Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting out, this vegetable and beef soup is a great recipe to have in your repertoire. It's simple to make and hearty enough to satisfy even the biggest appetite.

When you're looking for something hearty and warm for a quick winter dinner you can make this delicious hearty beef vegetable soup in no time.

Homemade Beef Vegetable Soup

I love soups.  They always make me feel warm and full and I even make them in the summertime.  

One of my absolute favorites is my Mom's Beef Vegetable Soup. That, and her ham and cabbage and buttered cabbage.

My mom passed away when my oldest son was 2 years old so it's been a long time since I've had HER soup but I am so very thankful that I have this recipe.  

The last time I remember her making it was when I was pregnant with my oldest.  I couldn't eat anything.....NOTHING (which is sooooo rare for me).  

She was worried and offered to make me anything I wanted. I loved her cooking but the only thing I even remotely thought I could eat was her Beef Vegetable Soup.  I told my Mom and she started cooking.  

She made HUGE pots full of the soup and put some in freezer containers so I had plenty on hand.  She cooked her little heart out and sent my Dad over with the food.....I took one look and couldn't even think of eating it so it stayed in my freezer until after my son was born!

My Mom's Beef Vegetable Soup Recipe from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I rarely make this soup now ~ it makes me sad....one of those things, you know? But....my family loves it so I try to make it once every winter and I always tell them the 'pregnancy' soup story.  

I want them to know and I also want them to have this recipe so that someday they can make it and think of my Mom and I want my oldest son to know no matter how old he is how sick he made me! 😉

Best Ever Beef Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons good quality oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 4 cans of Mixed Vegetables drained OR 2 16 ounce bags of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 - 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot { I use a 4 quart cooker}.
  2. Brown meat on all sides in the oil.
  3. Turn off the heat and wait for the pot to fully cool down. Add water to cover meat.Beef Vegetable Soup_MG_3413
    4.  As the meat is cooking skim the gunk out of the pot and off the sides ~ this is so gross! When my mom told me this I was sure I was never going to be able to do this but now it doesn't bother me (oh....youth!).
    5.  Bring water to a boil and continue cooking until the meat is softened ~ about one hour.
    6.  Mix in tomato sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes.
    7.  In a separate skillet saute the celery and the onion and add to pot.
    8.  Add drained canned vegetables or frozen vegetables and cook about 15 minutes longer.
    9.  Add salt to taste.* For my Mom's version she used all fresh vegetables and you can substitute those for my frozen/canned veggies. If you use fresh potatoes and carrots add those to the roast once it's softened and cook 40 minutes until soft. This will be after step #5.
The Best Beef Vegetable Soup from my Mom cupcakesandcrinoline.com

This is what it looks like when I make it my Mom's way ~ fresh carrots, potatoes, corn, peas, etc.

Quick and Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

And this is my version using canned veggies.

Hearty Healthy Beef Vegetable Soup

Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting out, this vegetable and beef soup is a great recipe to have in your repertoire. It's simple to make and hearty enough to satisfy even the biggest appetite.
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Homemade Beef Vegetable Soup
Prep Time:1 hr
Cook Time:3 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons good quality oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 4 cans of Mixed Vegetables drained OR 2 16 ounce bags of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce

Instructions

  • Brown meat on all sides in the oil.
  • Turn off the heat and wait for the pot to fully cool down. Add water to cover meat.
  • Bring water to a boil and continue cooking until the meat is softened ~ about one hour.
  • Mix in tomato sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • In a separate skillet saute the celery and the onion and add to pot.
  • Add drained canned vegetables or frozen vegetables and cook about 15 minutes longer.
  • Add salt to taste.* For my Mom’s version, she used all fresh vegetables and you can substitute those for my frozen/canned veggies. If you use fresh potatoes and carrots add those to the roast once it’s softened and cook 40 minutes until soft. This will be after step #5.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $12.00

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16 Comments

  1. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Mary Beth, I am a soup girl, so this post is right up my ally! Thanks so much for posting a recipe so near and dear to your heart!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Yvonne! I'm a soup girl, too! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. hugs

  2. My mom has been gone for over 36 years and the smell of something she used to make for us can still bring me to tears - that and a whiff of Shalimar perfume. I will make your mother's soup and say a little prayer for her as I do. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Patty. I'm sorry for the loss of your Mom as well and I agree....sometimes it's just those little things that can bring you to tears when you think of those you've loved so much and lost.

  3. What wonderful memories attached to your soup recipe 🙂 So sweet.

  4. I am such a soup lover and my mom makes a really good beef vegetable soup. It looks a lot like your mom's. I teared up a little as I read the story behind the soup. I'm such a sucker for recipes that have been handed down through generations. The soup looks delicious and the story behind it is precious.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Alli ~ I've been blogging for 6 years and this is the first time I could share the recipe. I appreciate you stopping by.

  5. Paula@SweetPea says:

    We love soup! I think I could eat it every night all winter. I just purchased a quarter of beef from a local farmer and will use one of the roasts to make this.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Fresh beef from a local farm would be great in my Mom's soup, Paula. Every time I see you around the internet you always amaze me....you do everything and do it so well! p.s. Your sweet Gum Wreath is gorgeous.

  6. Hmmm... my favorite soup ever? I think it's my Chicken Black Bean Soup. And I have a great recipe for a Chicken Tortilla soup.

    Yours looks delish, Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Oh....that Chicken Tortilla soup sounds amazing! My boys would like that (me too!).

  7. laura@top this top that says:

    we are big soup eaters in this house, i will have to try your mom's recipe. looks delish!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Laura!

  8. Michele @ Our Rosey life says:

    Mary Beth ~ One of my favorite things about winter (and the list isn't long) is making soup. Your recipe looks delicious! As I was reading your story, I got teary-eyed thinking of the love your Mom stirred into your pregnancy soup. What a gift!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Michele. I love your statement about my Mom stirring love into my pregnancy soup....that made me smile and get a little teary myself....she was such a great Mom and even though I have all sons maybe when they are married I'll have the chance to make some pregnancy soup for their wives. hugs

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