Beef-Vegetable Soup

This creamy beef and veggies soup is perfect for a filling dinner.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 50 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

2
tablespoons vegetable oil
2
pounds beef shank cross-cuts or soup bones
1
medium onion, sliced (1 cup)
6
cups cold water
1
teaspoon salt
1
dried bay leaf
1
tablespoon pickling spice
1
can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth
2
medium potatoes, cubed (2 cups)
2
medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
2
medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
2
cups shredded cabbage
1/2
cup ketchup
1
can (15 ounces) sliced beets, drained, cut in half
3/4
cup whipping (heavy) cream

  • 1 Heat oil in 4-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook beef and onion in oil until beef is brown on both sides. Add water; heat to boiling. Skim foam from broth. Stir in salt, bay leaf and pickling spice; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 3 hours.
  • 2 Remove beef from broth. Cool beef about 10 minutes or just until cool enough to handle. Strain broth; discard vegetables and seasonings. Remove beef from bones. Cut beef into 1/2-inch pieces. Skim fat from broth.
  • 3 Add enough canned broth to broth from beef to measure 5 cups. Return broth and beef to Dutch oven. Stir in potatoes, carrots, celery, cabbage, ketchup and beets. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cool 10 minutes. Stir in whipping cream.

Expert Tips

MaryElaine W. Shares her Recipe "Soups, like this one, became one of my favorite foods because it went down so easily. Other favorites: fruit cocktail, grapes, plums, watermelon, frozen pops and gelatin."

TO MAKE AHEAD: Cook beef bones and water one day. Refrigerate separately. The next day, skim fat from broth, and continue with Step 2.

To freeze, cool soup 30 minutes. Place in 2-quart freezer container. Freeze no longer than 2 months. About 35 minutes before serving, remove lid from freezer container; place container upside down in 2-quart microwavable casserole. Cover and microwave on Medium (50%) 25 minutes; remove container. Break up and stir. Cover and microwave on Medium about 20 minutes longer, stirring 2 or 3 times, until hot.

High in iron, potassium and vitamins A and C; good source of fiber

Food FOR thought If your body weight is getting too low, you probably need more calories. One way to increase the calorie content of a recipe is by adding heavy cream. Cream, butter and margarine are easy high-calorie additions for soups, stews, sauces and gravies.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
(
Calories from Fat
155),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
1090mg
1090%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 2 Vegetable; 2 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.