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Beef Vegetable Soup

This hearty beef vegetable soup is easy to make from scratch with different cuts of meat! Simmer it on the Stove Top or in the Crock Pot and serve it with mashed potatoes or biscuits!

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A pot filled with Beef Vegetable Soup with a ladle in it.

 

Beef Vegetable Soup

This Beef Vegetable Soup is TRULY a no-fail recipe. My favorite part about it, believe it or not, is the lack of starchy ingredients. (Allow me to explain.)

What this means, is that you can refrigerate or freeze leftovers without worrying that potatoes will get mushy or that pasta, rice, or barley will soak up all of the broth. I love to serve a hearty starch on the side, like mashed potatoes or biscuits.

I use ALL frozen vegetables so that I don’t have to worry about those getting mushy either, you just add them at the end before serving! This way, you’re free to let the soup simmer away, without time being an issue.

And don’t get me started on the meat seasoning. This is about 600 notches above your regular ol’ salt and pepper. So let’s get started. First, the meat options:

Best Cuts of Meat to Use

  • Sirloin and Tenderloin Roasts are pricier but more tender, which requires less cooking time to render down than tougher cuts of meat. (Ideal for stove top cooking.)
  • Chuck Roast, Rump Roast, and Bottom Rounds are more economical cuts that render down nicely if cooked low and slow. The best option is Chuck, then Rump, then Bottom Round. (This also works fine for the stove top if you have sufficient time to cook it low and slow for several hours.)
  • You may also have the option to buy packaged stew meat that’s already cubed. While this also will work, I prefer to purchase it whole so that I can choose the cut I want. Stew meat isn’t always clearly labeled as which cut it’s from. (But it’s almost always a tougher cut that requires slow cooking.)

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities, full instructions, and Crock Pot Method.

Season and sear the meat on each side until just browned on the outside, leave the middle red and cold. Transfer to a plate.

Deglaze the pan with red wine and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pot. Let the liquid reduce by half.

Seared and Cubed Meat for Soup next to a soup pot with red wine being added.

Add butter and onions and soften for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Cooking down onions, butter, and red wine as a base for Beef Vegetable Soup.

Add rosemary, bay leaves, sage, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and beef bouillon. Cover and leave a small crack for steam to escape. Simmer gently for 2 hours.

Adding Beef Broth to Beef and Vegetable Soup before simmering.

Bring to a boil and add cornstarch + cold water mixture. Reduce heat and add frozen vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and remove bay leaf + rosemary stem. If desired, swirl in 2 tablespoons cold butter for a smooth, velvety finish. Serve with Mashed Potatoes or Biscuits.

Adding frozen vegetables to Beef Vegetable Sou.

 

Adding Potatoes

Unlike my Beef Stew recipe, this soup doesn’t have potatoes. (I like to serve it over mashed potatoes instead!) But if preferred, you can certainly add potatoes to this soup:

  • Stove Top Method: Cook the soup for 1.5 hours, then add the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce back down to a light simmer for 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Crock Pot Method:  Potatoes can be added right at the beginning with the rest of the ingredients.

How to Thicken Beef Vegetable Soup

  • To thicken this stew, we use a slurry (cornstarch + cold water), and mix into boiling liquid on the stove top, or over high heat in the Crock Pot, then we reduce the heat back down.

Pro Tips

  • Wine Options and Substitutes: High-quality Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot works as well in this recipe. If preferred, beef or chicken broth can be used along with 2 TBS Red Wine Vinegar. The acidity from the vinegar helps render down the meat.
  • Adding Mushrooms: To add mushrooms, cook them separately to release some of the water, concentrate their flavor, and give them a nice golden color. Remove them and only add them back at the end when the soup is finished. This lets them retain their color, texture, and flavor.
  • Season the meat right before you’re ready to sear it. Once the salt hits the surface of the meat, it will start to extract moisture. So cooking it right away will prevent it from becoming dry.

A plate with mashed potatoes topped with Beef Vegetable Soup.

Make Ahead Method

  • Follow the recipe up until step 9. Store the combined ingredients in the fridge for up to 2 days, then proceed as outlined.

What to Serve This With

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • 4.5 Quart Deep Pan– The perfect size for this recipe!
  • Slow Cooker– This is the one I have, it lets you sear meat in the crock on the stovetop, and automatically switches to warm when the time is up.
  • Kitchen Tongs– Makes it easy to handle the meat when searing.
  • Kitchen Scale– Perfect for weighing the meat if needed.
  • Measuring Spoons– To measure out the seasonings.
  • Pinch Bowls– I measure out my seasonings ahead of time and add them to these small bowls so they’re ready to go when it’s time to add them.
  • Silicone Spatula– I use these every time I cook.

A bowl filled with Beef Vegetable Soup with a spoon in it.

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A ladle in a soup pot filled with Beef Vegetable Soup.

Beef Vegetable Soup

5 from 4 votes
This hearty beef vegetable soup is easy to make from scratch with different cuts of meat! Simmer it on the Stove Top or in the Crock Pot and serve it with mashed potatoes or biscuits!

Ingredients

Beef Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup flour

Soup

  • 2 lbs. chuck roast, see note 1
  • 3-6 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup dry red wine, See Note 2.
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter, separated
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary, or ½ tsp dried
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage
  • 7 cups beef broth, or 6 for crock pot to account for liquid reduction on stove
  • 1 tsp better than bouillon, or 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 2 ½ cups frozen peas/carrots/corn/green beans
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch + ¼ cup cold water
  • 2-3 drops Kitchen Bouquet Browning + Seasoning Sauce, (Optional)- Adds an even richer darker color.
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish

Instructions

  • See notes for Crock Pot Method, PRO Tips, and FAQ!
  • Combine the beef seasoning and set aside. Measure and set out all additional ingredients.
  • Cut meat into 1-inch cubes, discard any large pieces of fat. Fat marbleized into the meat is fine!
  • Sprinkle the meat with the seasoning mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with flour and toss to coat again.
  • Heat 3 Tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the meat in batches, don’t overcrowd the pan). Brown on each side for 30-40 seconds and set aside on a plate. Add more oil in between batches as needed. (The middle of the meat should still be red and cold!)
  • Turn the heat off. Carefully wipe up any very black spots but leave the brown remanence on the bottom of the pan. This is called ‘fond’ and will give the soup plenty of flavor.
  • Once the pan has cooled a bit, add the wine and turn heat up to medium-high. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” (deglaze) the bottom of the pan. Watch it carefully while it reduces.
  • After 3-5 minutes, or once the liquid has reduced by half, add 2 TBS butter and the diced onions. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. By now the wine should be almost completely gone with only red colored onions left.
  • Add everything else except cornstarch mixture and vegetables: 3 TBS tomato paste, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 bay leaves, 1 sprig rosemary, ¼ tsp ground sage, 7 cups beef broth, and 1 beef bouillon cube.
  • Cover the pot, leaving just a small crack, and simmer over medium-low heat for 2 hours (or more). The liquid should simmer softly and reduce slowly with a little bit of steam escaping.
  • Once ready to serve, prepare cornstarch mixture. Add ¼ cup of cornstarch to a small Tupperware container. Add ¼ cup COLD water. Cover and shake to combine.
  • Bring the soup to a full boil. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture in increments, using a silicone spatula to carefully stir it in as you do so. If the soup reaches your desired level of thickness before the cornstarch mixture is gone, you can refrain from adding the rest. (I like to add it all!)
  • Reduce heat to low. Add in the frozen vegetables and stir to combine. Heat for 10 minutes. (If a darker color is preferred, add up to 3 drops of kitchen bouquet browning and seasoning sauce.)
  • Remove from heat. Remove the bay leaves and rosemary stem. Swirl in 2 Tablespoons of cold butter for a smooth, velvety finish. This is a technique that chefs use called “monter au beurre”.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve over mashed potatoes or with biscuits.

Notes

Note 1- Meat Options:
  • Sirloin and Tenderloin roasts are pricier but more tender, which requires less cooking time to render down than tougher cuts of meat.
  • Chuck Roast, Rump Roast, and Bottom Rounds are more economical cuts that render down nicely if cooked low and slow. The best option of the 3 is Chuck, then Rump, then Bottom Round.
  • You may have the option to buy packaged stew meat that's already cubed. That works as well, although if possible, I prefer to purchase it whole so that I can choose the cut I want. Stew meat isn’t always clearly labeled as which cut it’s from.

Note 2- Wine Options and Substitutes:
  • High-quality Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot works as well in this recipe. If preferred, beef or chicken broth can be used along with 2 TBS Red Wine Vinegar. The acidity from the vinegar helps render down the meat.

Note 3- Adding Mushrooms:
  • To add mushrooms, cook them separately to release some of the water, concentrate their flavor, and give them a nice golden color. Remove them and only add them back at the end when the soup is finished. This lets them retain their color, texture, and flavor.

Crock Pot Instructions:

Note: Since there is much less liquid reduction in the Crock Pot, use 6 cups of beef broth instead of 7. You may also choose to use 2 beef bouillon cubes instead of 1.
  • Follow recipe instructions up to step 8. Transfer wine/onions/garlic to the Crock Pot along with beef and all additional ingredients except for cornstarch mixture and frozen vegetables.
  • Cook on low for 7 ½ to 8 hours or high for 3½ to 4 hours.
  • Turn the heat on high. Combine ¼ cup COLD water + ¼ cup cornstarch and stir it into the Crock Pot. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add frozen vegetables and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat. Remove the bay leaves and rosemary stem.
  • Swirl in 2 Tablespoons of cold butter for a smooth, velvety finish.

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 982mg, Potassium: 594mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2621IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 3mg

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8 comments on “Beef Vegetable Soup”

  1. I made this following the recipe exactly with only these minor exceptions. I used the optional few drops of Kitchen Bouquet and I didn’t have any parsley. It turned out wonderfully. Very deep beef flavor and I think not adding potatoes or noodles was brilliant. I served it over and with some sour dough English Muffins I made. I froze some of it and pulled that out of the freezer after a few weeks and reheated some last night. Still perfect! I love this recipe and it is in my preferred collection of dishes. Thank you!

    Steve

    • I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying this recipe Steve!😃 I think it’s pretty cool you made your own sour dough English Muffins!😋 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

      • I forgot the best part. I went to Costco to buy some stew meat and they had a package of USDA Prime stew meat. I had never seen that before and the meat was really well trimmed and nicely marbled. I used some of it for this recipe and some of it for your beef tips recipe.

        Steve

      • That is awesome Steve!! Nicely marbled meat is like finding gold, hahah! I can’t wait for you to try more! My beef tips and gravy is a great one, here are all of my recipes with beef! -Stephanie

  2. Delicious! I’m always skeptical about serving just soup for a meal, but this is very filling and delicious. Has great flavor and the whole family went back for multiple servings. I made it with you homemade biscuits which were perfect for dipping in the soup!

  3. I’m on keto…so I left out cornstarch and put in keto vegetables. Love it!!! Tastes like French onion soup with a few veg’s. I made noodles on the side for my son and potatoes that he can add! Works out great for the whole family!!!

    • Hey Delores! I’m so happy that you enjoyed this recipe!! And love that you were able to make modifications for yourself and serve it with different starches for your son! WIN/WIN! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to share what you thought of it! 🙂 -Stephanie

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