Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

January is National Soup Month. I have no idea how it came to be National Soup Month. It appears also to be National Oatmeal Month, National Tea Month, and National Slow Cooking month. Really, I had no idea.

In honor of National Soup Month, I decided to make a few soups. I thought I would start with one my mom always made, Vegetable Beef. It was by far the soup she most often made from scratch.

I love it because it is a hearty soup that can be made using whatever you have on hand and like.

My mom often used a lower grade roast or even steak as the beef meat. My paternal grandmother would use oxtails. (Okay, it is technically oxtail soup then but I never could tell the difference.)

Both frequently used the pressure cooker to cook the beef for the soup. I prefer to use a pressure cooker as well because it produces very tender, fall-apart beef in very little time.

For this batch, I used “stew beef” that we had in the freezer. I probably would not buy “stew beef” in the grocery store, but it is something we get because we buy our grass-fed beef by the side.

The vegetables can be whatever you like. My mom and grandmothers typically used fresh or home frozen or home canned veggies. I used fresh or frozen ones from the store.

Other than canned tomatoes, the vegetable choices are completely dependent on what you have on hand and like. I think tomatoes are vital because they add a great deal including juice. They can be whole, crushed, diced, fresh or fire roasted.

I used Muir Glen Fire Roasted diced tomatoes this batch. I loved how they tasted in it.

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  1. Sue Franklin says:

    I’ve been making soup quite a bit lately–completely related to the cold weather! Potato, chili, and a new favorite–mexican chicken soup.
    Ok, I don’t own a pressure cooker but I’ve thought about it. Is it really worth it? Do you use it very often? I’ve always been intimidated by the thought of it blowing up under pressure!
    Soup looks yummy!

    • Hi, Susie!

      I did have Mom’s pressure cooker blow its weight and send greasy steam all over her kitchen ceiling once… Several years later, I told my mother-in-law I would like to have one and she bought it for me that Christmas. I love it now. Although, it did take me a few years to use it regularly.

      I mainly use mine for meat, but it has a regular lid and a pasta/steam/fry basket so it is very versatile even without pressure. I use it about once a week or so. It is very easy to use.

      The newer ones are MUCH safer than they used to be. Although, they can be rather expensive. I like that I can cook four frozen boneless breasts in 15 minutes and a frozen chuck roast in 30 or less. However, I have a hard time saying whether or not it is worth it. I have had mine for over 10 years. It still works well and at less than 10 bucks a year at today’s prices, I think it would be a decent value, but only if you use it.

      Here is the one I have…or it seems identical except for the color on the knob and handle: click here.

      BTW: I noticed Eloise uses her’s a lot.

  2. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making soups. So this is perfect that this is National Soup Month! Although I did make venison chili last week which I’m hoping to blog about soon. But your vegetable beef looks so warm and inviting! Maybe I’ll try it!

    • Hi, Donna!
      Venison chili sounds yummy! I am really looking forward to your post.
      Vegetable beef is a very filling and a very easy soup. It really hit the spot on a cold, snowy day.

  3. I made Ham and cabbage Soup with holiday ham and green cabbage I got the recipe from COOKS.com it is delicious.The recipe called for sour cream that i didn’t have so I used cream of onion soup wonderful.


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