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Recipe: Hearty Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup

Today is a grey, cold and rainy day, which means it's a perfect day for a big pot of hearty homemade vegetable beef soup!

I made this soup earlier today and it really hit the comfort spot for my family.  Best of all, you will probably have leftovers to enjoy for the next couple days!  
A friend from Instagram asked for the recipe, so, I thought I'd share it here today. 
It's pretty simple and really tasty and if you are a soup lover like we are, it should hit the spot on a cold day like today.  

If you'd like to print the recipe for your own recipe files, be sure to scroll to the end of the post for the link.


You'll need:
A large stock pot no smaller than 6 quarts
Large skillet

6 large potatoes, diced in quarter size chunks
1/2 head of chopped cabbage
4 large carrots, chopped in quarter size chunks
5 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen lima beans
1/2 cup frozen corn
8 ounce can tomato sauce **
1 quart V-8 Juice **
1 large onion, chopped
2 pounds lean ground beef
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt & pepper to taste

In a large stock pot with sea salt added to water, boil potatoes, carrots, cabbage & celery on a medium boil for approximately 12-14 minutes.

While vegetables are boiling, add olive oil to skillet, add onions, saute until translucent, season onions with salt & pepper then add ground beef, season with another fine layer of sea salt & pepper.  Cook until brown.

During the last 5 minutes of the vegetables cooking, add into the vegetable pot: frozen peas, frozen, lima beans & frozen corn.

After the frozen vegetables boil in the pot for 5 minutes, I drain 3/4 of the water from the vegetable pot.  I use a ladle to dip out the water, simply because I have a hard time handling the heavy cast iron pot due to carpal tunal.  It takes me a couple extra minutes to do it this method, but it works for me. :)

Add browned beef & onions, tomato sauce and V-8 Juice.  

 Stir well & simmer for a few minutes.

Note: you can adjust the amount of water you leave in the pot & the amount of V-8 Juice you add back to the pot according to your own taste.

**If you are watching your sodium intake, you can purchase the low-sodium brands of tomato sauce & V-8 juice.


Click here for the printable recipe!
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