This is homemade, old fashioned vegetable beef soup going to take you way back in so many good, wholesome ways.
Grandma would be proud of this vegetable soup
First, I don’t know about your grandma, but mine made a mean pot roast. I don’t know if it was because Crock-pots weren’t invented until 1940, or if she just liked the way the oven warmed up the house and made it smell divine, but she always roasted her beef in the oven as far as I can remember. Peeking through the oven window to see what I could make out was one of my favorite things to do. So this recipe, and pretty much anything involving large chunks of beef, always remind me of my grandma. My grandma and my own Crock-pot actually. Guess that’s one way we are different. I love to stuff whatever-will-fit into my Crock-pot, set it and forget it for a few hours.
Old fashioned vegetable soup is easy to make.
This vegetable beef soup is made from scratch but it’s very easy to make. Do you remember the mixed veggies that your mom made you eat when you were 10? Well they’re back. And your adult-self will love how they add to the health and flavor factor of this soup. Throw in a potato (and serve with a side of garlic bread for good measure) and we are talking a full homemade meal, with very minimal effort. By the way — frozen dough is my favorite cheat for quick and easy fresh baked bread.
You can make this in a crockpot.
Let’s talk real quick about Crock-pots. IF I were to need a new Crock-pot, which I don’t—mine is going strong still after 10 years—but if I did, I have my eye on this little beauty. It’s the same original Crock-pot brand as the one that’s faithfully served me well but it has a few more features. It’s programmable and it has locking handles for traveling. It’s very well reviewed too. So, if you’re in the market for your first Crock-pot or an upgrade… check out this one.
What kind of beef do you use for beef vegetable soup?
I like to use stew meat that’s already cubed. You can typically find this at the grocery store. Ground beef though, also works really well with this recipe.
If you’re looking for a delicious and natural option, you may want to try grass-fed beef. I recently have become a fan after purchasing a grass-fed steak at the new market that opened up in town. To me, grass-fed beef is much more rich in flavor while ironically being less fatty (typically). In addition to the flavor, there are also some health benefits to eating grass-fed beef. So I guess what this means is, I’m coming around to the idea of being pickier about my meats. I’m not saying I am going to pass up a sale on meats at the grocery store because I’m a 100%-organic-local-grass-fed-meat person now. But it’s a nice treat.
If you’ve been wanting to try grass-fed meat but you can’t easily get it where you live, then I want to recommend ButcherBox. They deliver right to your door which when it’s snowing outside, is pretty awesome! Also, their meats are antibiotic and hormone-free.
Love soup for dinner?
Check out my other easy soup recipes!