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Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup –
A fall comfort food

Nothin’ says comfort like a warm bowl of homemade soup. But who wants to spend hours in the kitchen? Not me!

You either? Well, you’re gonna love this recipe. A hearty soup that requires minimal prep time and yields maximum flavor is always a winner!

You're gonna love this recipe. A hearty homemade vegetable beef soup (with a twist!) with minimal prep time that yields maximum flavor is always a winner!

Ingredients for Vegetable Beef Soup

  • 1 lb (give or take) ground beef  (Here’s the twist: venison works just as well and it’s what you’ll usually find in my soup pot)(actually, any ground meat will do: try pork or poultry sometimes, too!)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes WITH the juice
  • 1 bag frozen soup vegetables
  • water (enough to cover all of the other ingredients)
  • spices to taste (garlic or garlic powder, salt, and pepper are what I normally use)

Directions for Basic Recipe

  1. Brown meat and drain fat.
  2. In a large soup pot, combine all of the above ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors are incorporated.
  4. Stir occasionally.
  5. Serve with some homemade sweet cornbread!

Notes & Variations (Yay! for versatility)

It’ll add to your prep time, but you can certainly use fresh vegetables (potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, tomatoes, okra…the possibilities are endless)

Use leftover vegetables that have been stored in the freezer.

Canned vegetables will work too, but don’t usually taste as good as frozen or fresh.

This soup can be made in the morning and simmered all day. Just add water as it starts to cook down and readjust seasonings as needed.

Leftovers freeze well. You can even make a double batch to really save kitchen time on your next soup night.

Feel free to use more or less tomato sauce based on your family’s individual preference.

Can you think of any other ways to “tweak” this recipe? Almost all my friends have their own twists on this basic meal: what’s your favorite version?

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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2 Responses to Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup –
A fall comfort food

  1. JES February 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    This is my kind of recipe! Fast and nourishing!

    Thanks for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays ladies! 🙂

    • Candy February 4, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      Absolutely! AND I love the fact that I can be versatile with the ingredients depending on what I have on hand. 🙂

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