Cooking from Scratch - Vegetable Beef Soup

I love homemade soup on a cold winter day. This Vegetable Beef Soup is so good and makes a ton. There should be plenty to have another night or to freeze in serving size portions to take for lunches. I always serve this soup with corn muffins for a complete nutritious and hearty meal.


1 15 oz can of corn, do not drain

3 28 oz cans of tomatoes, diced are best, but you can break up whole tomatoes while they cook if that is your only option

1/2 bag frozen baby Lima beans

4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

2 long carrots, peeled and sliced

1 roast, this doesn't have to be fancy since you are cooking this slowly in the crock-pot. Whatever you put in will come out tender.

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon oil


Heat oil in a sauté pan and brown the roast on all sides. Transfer the roast to a crock-pot and add all other ingredients. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. If you like a lot of a particular ingredient, adding more will work fine. If you don't like something don't add it. Except for the tomatoes, these are the base of the soup. Adding more potatoes is a great way to stretch this soup farther if you are feeding a crowd. If there is not enough liquid, add a cup or two of water along with a beef bullion cube per cup of water.

This soup can be made with any type roast. I made mine with venison and have used beef in the past. Elk or antelope would work well too. You could even make this soup vegetarian if you wanted to. Just don't use meat and add vegetable bullion cubes if you need to add more liquid. I have often thought about adding a small pasta into this soup. If you have kids, alphabet noodles would be fun. Just add the last 30 minutes in the crock-pot. Frozen green beans would be a good addition as well and could be used in place of the baby Lima beans if your prefer.

This soup is extremely versatile and filling. You can put this in the crock-pot in the morning and it will be ready when you get home from work. If you don't like corn muffins, homemade bread in the bread machine would be great too. Enjoy!

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Samashyle 9 years ago

Just browsing the hubs, I too like to cook from scratch when I have the time. your soup looks really good.

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maham 9 years ago

mmmm mouth watering like it

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Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

Jennifer, I love to use my crock pot, but I haven't tried putting pasta in at the end. Do you add more liquid? Does it really cook in just 30 min? Do you have to stir it while it's in there? Sorry for so many questions, I just love picking up tips. Thanks! =)

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Jennifer 9 years ago Author

blogger mom - I have added pasta at the end of other dishes - the last 30 minutes and it has cooked up fine, so I am assuming it would be the same for this. If you don't think you have enough liquid, then I would just add some water or beef broth when you add the pasta. Yes I stir the pasta to mix it in to the dish.

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Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

Thanks, Jennifer!

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rmr 9 years ago from Livonia, MI

This one goes right into my recipe box! Thanks!

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manoharv2001 9 years ago from Bangalore - 560097, Karnataka, India

great hub

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make moneyonline 9 years ago

Love the crock pot long does it take to prepare in the morning?

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Jennifer 9 years ago Author

It took me about 15 minutes to get everything in there. Lots of peeling and chopping if you want to use fresh stuff.

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hollyd 9 years ago from Australia

Love it, and will add to my recipes.

Thankyou Jennifer

Best Wishes


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highway star 7 years ago from Mostly Seattle, Amsterdam and Milan

It seems very good! I would like to try to cook it!

pambragg 5 years ago

I was looking for a recipe from "scratch"...not using canned vegetables which contain so much sodium and preservatives. Thanks though :)

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Jennifer 5 years ago Author

Pambragg - you don't have to use canned vegetables. You can use frozen veggies too, if I have any in my freezer from my garden I will use those. In the summer I can my own tomatoes and use that. Not everyone can grow everything themselves and can/freeze it as well. I think using basic canned tomatoes or corn is still cooking from scratch - much more than most people do.

vegetable soup 4 years ago

Hi, realy good recipe. Thanks. Here you can find other vegetable soup recipes and also information why vegetables are so healthy for us:

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