Hearty Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup
Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup. Donald Erickson/ E+/Getty Images
  • 3 hrs 55 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 3 hrs 45 mins
  • Yield: 10 to 12 Servings
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A tasty vegetable beef soup recipe, made with meaty soup bones and vegetables. The soup is loaded with vegetables, making it a fabulous cold weather meal.

Serve this soup with ​homemade no-knead bread or Southern buttermilk biscuits.

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds beef soup bones (with meat, shanks)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 can/10 1/2 ounces condensed beef broth (or homemade beef stock*)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (coarsely ground)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 cups cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 cup carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups green beans (fresh cut or frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cups potato (diced, raw)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

How to Make It

  1. Cut meat into small cubes, discarding excess fat. Put in a large stockpot with the bones, water, broth, salt, onions, celery, pepper, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 3 hours.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; simmer 45 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Remove bay leaf and serve.
  4. Makes about 3 quarts.

*If you use homemade stock, use 3 cups of broth and 5 cups of water.