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Nana's Beef Vegetable Soup


I love a nice bowl of soup in the summer or winter. To me it is a light, refreshing, comfort food. I love
the smell of a big pot of vegetable soup cooking on the stove. The aroma fills the house with memories of my grandmother, childhood, and farm life. My mom has started reading my blog from work, she is going to laugh at this post, she knows how much I love that smell! If I am having a bad day, making a nice pot of soup does just the trick to change my mood. It is even better, with a big jar of canned tomatoes, from my mom's garden.

There are really no rules to Vegetable soup. Once you know how to make it, you can play around with the ingredients. It is a great way to not waist food and use up your leftovers. Within minutes you have a meal. Leftovers, to keep in mind, to make a soup with are any kind of vegetables, no need for meat in the soup. Leftover Chicken or beef, pasta or rice, from any dish. I have even used leftover salsa and chicken, added vegetables, and stock, giving me a spicy chicken vegetable soup.

This is a great recipe to use with leftover roast from my Roast Recipe. Just dice up the roast, vegetables, and potatoes, keep all the juices. Add one large can of diced tomatoes, one bag of frozen mixed vegetables, spices, and 3 cups of water. Put everything in pot, bring to boil, and simmer for 30min.

Don't be afraid to experiment with vegetable soup. Join in on the enjoyment I get...from a simple pot of soup! :)

Servings 8-10 Cost:$5.50

Ingredients:

1 lb of Cut up Roast or Chicken Breast or no meat at all. (They have stew meat already cut up. Just check the price per lb. Sometimes it is cost effective to cut it up yourself. If it is 2 lbs ask the butcher to cut it in half for you, they do that for free.)

1 Large can of low sodium Diced Tomatoes or 2 small cans
1-16oz bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables
4 Red Potatoes-Optional
1 Small Onion-Optional
1/2 Head of Cabbage or couple handfuls of frozen spinach-optional
4 Cups of Water or 1 box of any kind of broth
1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder or Chopped Garlic
1 Tbsp of Basil
1 tsp of ground pepper
1 tsp of Celery salt-Optional

(If you have fresh herbs, I like to grab a handful of all of them, just chop them up, and throw them all in.)

*I don't add noodles to this soup unless I have leftovers. If you do want them, add them in towards the last 20 minutes, so they are not too soggy. Brown rice is great too. Just throw them in uncooked and boil.

  • Chop up your meat, onion, cabbage, and potatoes
  • In a large pot put all of your ingredients
  • Bring to boil for 15 minutes
  • Simmer on medium heat for 1 hour
  • Turn heat to low, cook until you are ready to eat. The longer it cooks the better.
  • If your meat is already cooked you can simmer for 30 minutes
In the Crockpot:
Put all of your ingredients in crockpot. If you are using rice or noodles put them in also.
Cook on high for 6hrs or low for 8hrs

Serve with crackers or yummy grill cheese :)

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