Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup – What’s Not To Love

This is not new news.  I love soup.  I love eating soup and I love making soup.  For me, a pot of soup is one of the most communal things I can prepare in my kitchen.  It is food that’s meant to be shared.

Growing up, when we ate soup it was from a can and it was called Campbell’s.  I had two favorites:  Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Beef.  Even as I write this, I’m humming “Mmm, mmm good.” When I was a starving college student (okay, judging by my weight during college I think’s fair to say that I was never actually starving, but I was on a budget), or when I was living on my own for the first time, Campbell’s soup was dinner more times than I can count.

So, while my love of soup has stayed the same over the years, I seldom buy canned soup anymore.  I get real pleasure out of making a pot of soup so I’d rather spend a few minutes doing the prep of chopping and peeling than just buying it ready-to-serve in a can.

Vegetable Beef Soup Ingredients

This latest batch of homemade soup started with leftovers from the prime rib roast we had on New Year’s Eve.  I used the bones to make the beef stock that became the base for the soup.  And, while for me, there’s a lot of satisfaction in making homemade stock like this, I can say the (good) stuff that you buy also makes a mighty fine soup.  If you’re inclined to make your own stock, then go for it.  Otherwise, just by some beef stock at the store and call it good.

I had enough leftover prime rib scraps and meat off the bone to make the first batch of this soup.  This last time, I used stew meat.  While nothing compares to the beef from a prime rib, in this soup the stew meat (which was chuck) was a good choice.  I let the soup simmer on the stove for a few hours just to make sure the meat was tender.

Make a pot of soup, buy a loaf or two of French bread, open a bottle of wine and invite some friends over.  It will be one of the easiest dinner parties you’ll ever host.

Happy Entertaining!

Chopped Onions  Potatoes and Canned Tomatoes

Chopped Veggies, Bite Size  Browning the Stew Meat

Vegetable Beef Soup

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