Mama's Homemade Beef & Vegetable Soup

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“One of the first times I made this it was for my in-laws. My MIL raved over it and asks for me to cook it almost every time she visits. It is an old, old recipe. My DH and I have been married 25 years this month and I have made it every winter. Even when we lived in Orlando and didn't really have winters I still made it in January or February. Everyone really likes it, except my son David. He is a real meat an potatoes kind of guy. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do. This is super easy, but a bit time consuming. I find it is worth the time because it makes a huge pot of soup and is so delicious that everyone (almost) likes it. Note that the prep time includes searing the stew meat, which I actually skip. My mother will not eat it unless it has been seared. The rest of the recipe is just adding ingredients. Simple and delicious.”
2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large dutch oven, sear beef stew meat till almost burned so that the meat has a better flavor. You may need to do this in batches.
  2. When meat is seared, cover it in the same pot with water.
  3. Add chopped onion and seasonings including boullion cubes.
  4. Bring this to a boil. Lower heat to simmer for one and one half to two hours. This makes the meat fall apart tender.
  5. Add frozen, mixed vegetables and bring back to a boil.
  6. Note: I (Mama,too) add ketchup at this point to add flavor and thicken the broth just a bit. Add however much you feel like, however, She made a note on my recipe stating "ketchup very important for flavor".
  7. Cook approximately 1 hour or until vegetables are done to your desire.

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