Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup


Vegetable Beef Soup

On a cold wintery day this plain old-fashioned vegetable beef soup is perfect for lunch or dinner.  It’s so hearty and filling without being heavy and has just a bit of spiciness from the pepper sauce, but it can easily be left out you don’t want yours spicy. We love it served up with homemade rolls or artisan bread.  

Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings

Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup


  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1 onion, diced or pureed *see note below
  • 3 celery ribs, diced or pureed * note below
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3-1/2 cups beef broth (or 2 14-ounce cans)
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or any cooking oil), divided
  • 4 cups water
  • 2-3 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (I use Frank's)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot of dutch oven, sauté the stew meat in 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high heat until all of the sides are brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan and sauté the celery and onion until the onion is golden (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add the browned stew meat, water, broth, tomatoes, bay leaves and garlic.
  4. Bring to a boil,
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until the beef is almost tender (about 1 hour).
  6. Add the carrots, potatoes, corn and peas.
  7. Cover and simmer until the beef is tender and the veggies are cooked (about 30 minutes).
  8. Serve with sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and more hot pepper sauce, if desired.


*I like to puree my onions and celery so we have the flavor without the chunks. There's no need to drain the liquid that pureeing produces ~ just add it all to the pan but be aware that the oil will cause the liquid to sizzle and splatter.


Recipe source: Food.com, slightly adapted

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2 Responses to Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

  1. Kay February 19, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    A wonderful and simple beef soup to make Lori. I like the heartiness of it with lots of vegetables – a meal in a bowl.

  2. Hannah February 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Served with fresh buttered bread- delish! Another of my favourites.

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