The smell of vegetable soup simmering on the stove is my way of welcoming in fall. This is the time of year when everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holidays. Families are busy with after school activities. Cold and flu start creeping there way into our homes. Life just seems to become a little chaotic for whatever reason.
This recipe makes a large pot of soup. It’s packed full of nutrition. Be prepared to have lots of leftovers, unless you made this for a crowd. The leftovers is why I make such a large pot. It’s so good to heat up the next day. I like to freeze leftovers. This is a fast easy alternative to fast food on those chaotic days. Do you have a friend or coworker who doesn’t cook? Or maybe you have a family member or neighbor who lives alone or isn’t feeling well. Ladle some of this soup into a mason jar and attach a note. It makes for a welcoming heartfelt gift and looks pretty too.
This recipe is versatile also. You don’t eat meat, omit it and use vegetable stock instead. My daughter, Andrea, doesn’t like peas so I replaced peas with great northern beans. My daughter, Emily, doesn’t like corn mixed in with things, so when we share with her I omit the corn.
Give this recipe a try and fill your house with an aroma sure to please.
1 1/2 pound of beef stew meat
2 32oz beef broth
2 cups water
1 28 oz can tomatoes
1 15 oz can corn
1 15 oz can green beans
1 15 oz can great northern beans
1 large onion roughly chopped
2 stalks of celery roughly chopped
1 cup of roughly chopped carrot
2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
1 medium head of roughly chopped cabbage
3 beef bouillon cubes
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Lawry’s season salt
salt and pepper to taste
In a large stock pot brown beef stew meat on medium to high heat. In my pictures below you’ll see I changed pots while adding ingredients. This was because I thought I could fit it all into my everyday pot instead of my big mama jama pot. I was wrong. Pour beef stock and water over browned meat and stir, scraping the meat dripping from the bottom . Next, add the canned tomatoes. Drain the liquid off the can of corn, green beans and great northern beans and add to pot. Peel, wash and roughly chop onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, cabbage and add to pot. Add seasonings and stir. Continue to cook on medium to high heat until soup comes to a full boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook for at least 3 hrs with lid on. Lift lid occasionally and stir so nothing sticks to the bottom. Serve hot. Enjoy.
There are days when I just don’t want any meat for dinner. This is an easy, delicious dish just for one of those days. If you feel the need for meat, this dish also makes a great side dish. I’ve also topped the pasta with grilled chicken breast, which was equally as delicious.
1 box 16 oz bow tie pasta
1 medium onion
6 cloves of finely chopped garlic about 2 Tbls
2 cups broccoli
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3-4 Tbls olive oil
2 Tbls butter
Pinch red pepper flakes
salt and per to taste
Chop the onion and garlic then set aside. Boil the pasta and blanch the broccoli. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are transparent, careful not to burn. Add pasta and broccoli heat add butter, red pepper flakes Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Enjoy. Serves 4-6 depending on the appetite.
1 lb. beef stew meat
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper
Knorr beef bouillon 3 cubes
6 cups water
4 cups flour
salt and pepper to taste
I used my crockpot for this batch of beef and noodles. Place stew meat in crockpot, top with onion powder and salt and pepper. Cook on high for 3 hours. This will cook the stew meat until tender and also brown it. After cooking for For 3 hours add 6 cups of water and bouillon. Turn down to low and let simmer another 2 or 3 hours. 1 hour before we’re ready to eat I add the noodles. You can choose to make your noodles (recipe following) or buy them.
Serves 6 - 8
Place 4 cups of flour into a large bowl. Make a well for the eggs.
Add salt and pepper. Beat eggs incorporating the flour into the eggs from the sides. Continue to do this until it’s easy to handle. Place on a floured surface and knead until it is pliable enough to roll out. Kneading to much will cause your noodles to be tough. Roll out and cut. .My grandkids love to help with making noodles and do quite well. They helped with this batch so as you can see the noodles are different shapes and sizes. I help a little to try and help keep them about the same thickness and size just so they cook a little more evenly. I failed a little helping this time but that’s ok, knowing they helping wil make this batch more enjoyable. Separate and let the noodles sit aside. I like to make them early in the day so they can dry out some. Add to stew meat and broth in the crock pot and cook for 1 hour. No need to thicken the broth the flour on the noodles will take care of that. Serve and enjoy.