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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!