Simple Beef Soup

Simple beef soup is a classic comfort food that combines the rich, savory flavor of beef with the wholesome goodness of fresh vegetables in a warm, nourishing broth. The soup starts with tender cuts of beef, which are cut into small, bite-sized pieces to ensure even cooking and a tender, succulent texture. Along with the beef, a colorful assortment of vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onions are added to the pot, providing a delightful medley of flavors, textures, and nutrients. The vegetables are typically chopped into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking and a visually appealing presentation.

The soup’s base is a flavorful broth, which can be homemade or store-bought, and can be made with beef, chicken, or vegetable stock. Additional seasonings like salt, pepper, and an array of herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves are added to enhance the soup’s flavor profile and create a mouthwatering aroma. As the soup simmers, the ingredients meld together, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors that fill the kitchen with a tantalizing scent.

Simple beef soup is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit individual tastes and preferences. Additional ingredients like potatoes, corn, or beans can be added to create a more substantial meal, while noodles or rice can be included to make it more filling. This comforting soup is perfect for cold winter days and can be enjoyed on its own or served with crusty bread, crackers, or a side salad.

To prepare simple beef soup, begin by selecting a tender cut of beef, such as chuck or sirloin, and cutting it into small, bite-sized pieces. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add a small amount of oil or butter. Once the oil is hot, add the beef and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the beef from the pot and set it aside.

Next, add the chopped vegetables to the pot and cook until they are tender and slightly browned. This will help to release their natural sugars and enhance the flavor of the soup. Once the vegetables are cooked, return the beef to the pot and pour in the broth. Add any additional seasonings or herbs, along with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beef is tender and the flavors have melded together. If desired, additional ingredients like potatoes, corn, or beans can be added during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking to allow them to become tender.

Before serving, taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the soup is too thick, additional broth or water can be added to achieve the desired consistency. Serve the simple beef soup hot, garnished with fresh herbs or a dollop of sour cream if desired. Enjoy this comforting and delicious dish on a cold winter day, accompanied by a slice of crusty bread or a side salad.

Yield: 6

Author: Tony C

Simple Beef Stew

Fabulous super-simple beef stew.

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Ingredients for Super Simple Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast. Nonstick cooking spray.
  • 12 ounces tiny potatoes quartered
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 10 3/4-ounce can reduced fat and reduced sodium condensed cream of soup.
  • 1 cup lower sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or dried thyme crushed
  • 2 cups frozen cut green beans (9oz)


Preparing to cook Beef Stew

  1. Trim fat from beef, cut beef into 1 inch cubes, Coat an unheated large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium high heat. Add half of the beef cubes. Cook and stir until browned, remove from from skillet. Add remaining beef cubes, cook and stir until browned. Drain off fat fro beef.
  2. Place beef in a 4 quart slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, cream of mushroom soup, beef broth and marjoram. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or high heat setting for 4 to 41/2 hours.
  3. If using low heat setting turn to high heat setting. Stir in green beans. Cover and cook about 30 minutes more or just until green beans are tender.