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Sheila's Magical Steak Veggie Soup

Updated on November 10, 2013
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

I call this recipe "Magical Steak Veggie Soup" because what it helped me do, lose 65 pounds, WAS magical! I ate this soup for dinner almost every day for several months.

This recipe fills your big stew pot, allowing you to freeze lots of individual portions or several family size containers. There is nothing better on a cold winter night than this aromatic, deliciously complex soup! It warms the soul as well as the tummy. Just pop a frozen container into the microwave and in a few short minutes you'll have an amazing treat.

The soup is filled with a cornucopia of veggies and seasonings. The longer you simmer it slowly, the better it will taste. I always find the flavor is even better the day after you make it and with subsequent reheatings.

This recipe is for the steak version, my favorite. You'll find the chicken and vegetarian versions on my other lenses.

Cook Time

Prep Time: About 1 Hour

Total Time: 3-4 Hours

Serves: Dozens


  • 2 lbs. Sirloin Steak
  • Two cups carrots
  • Three stalks celery
  • Three parsnips
  • Three turnips
  • Five large potatoes
  • One large yellow onion
  • 1/4 head cabbage or small bag broccoli slaw
  • One green pepper
  • Additional Veggies:
  • -one small jar pimientos and juice
  • -one can beef broth
  • -one large bottle or can V-8 or store brand vegetable juice
  • -two regular or one large can diced tomatoes juice and all
  • -one can Rotel tomatoes
  • -one can purple hull peas drained/rinsed
  • -one can black beans drained/rinsed
  • -one can green beans drained
  • -one small bag frozen peas
  • -one cup frozen or fresh cauliflower
  • Seasonings:
  • Two pkgs Beef Stew seasoning mix (I use McCormick)
  • One tbsp dry parsley flakes
  • One tsp Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic OR 1 tbsp. fresh minced garlic


  1. Brown 2 pounds of stew meat or sirloin steak or chuck roast in a large kettle or dutch oven sprayed with olive oil spray or sprinkle small amount of olive oil in pan. Sprinkle meat with one tbsp dry onion flakes and 1/2 tsp granulated garlic or one tbsp fresh minced garlic. Add a sprinkle of red wine vinegar. Season with black pepper. Brown until done. Increase heat to high and add four cups water. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer while you prepare veggies.
  2. Chop fresh vegetables up into desired size pieces. Eliminate any you don't like and substitute others you do like.
  3. Pour V-8 juice into pot. Bring to a boil. Add stew seasoning mix. Add all remaining veggies. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a rapid boil, then reduce to a low simmer, cooking covered for 2-3 hours, until veggies are very tender. Give it a stir now and then as it cooks. Add additional water if needed.
Joseph Joseph Large Chop 2 Pot Cutting Board, Red
Joseph Joseph Large Chop 2 Pot Cutting Board, Red

I own and adore this foldable chopping board! It has made my kitchen prep so much easier. The fold up sides allow you to carry the chopping board to the pot and dump the veggies right in. No more mess! Dishwasher safe and hangable!



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    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @Titia: I am so thrilled that it worked out for you! Have you checked out my hip replacement story? It's here at - hope it might be of some help and encouragement to you. God bless, -Sheila

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      Titia Geertman 

      4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I'm back to say that I made a big pot of your soup tonight (well I added the veggies and beans I had in storage) and it just tastes delicious. From coming Monday (Nov. 25) on I won't be able to cook dinner due to my hip operation on Thuesday, so they only have to take one serving out of the freezer for me and put it in the microwave.

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @DeeDeeGee LM: Well for one thing, you have to get really healthy with all those veggies! I know I did. Thanks so much and good luck!

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      DeeDeeGee LM 

      4 years ago

      Well done on that weight loss!

      Need to lose several pounds (or more) myself I will have to try it out.

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @Titia: My empathy to you on the hip surgery! I've gone through replacements of both of mine. You will LOVE being able to reheat the soup for your dinners while you recover! Great idea! Best wishes to you on a speedy recovery.

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      5 years ago

      Sounds tasty

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      Titia Geertman 

      5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Oh, this sounds like a soup I'm gonna like and I too have to lose a few extra pounds. Definitely have to make a big pot before I get my hip operation (in two weeks), so all the hubby has to do is take a package out of the freezer and heat it up for me. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @tonyleather: Thanks, it truly is!!

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      5 years ago

      Sounds really tasty!


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