I did not make this Vegetable Beef soup.
I ate this soup. In fact, I ate a LOT of this soup.
But…it was Jon. Jon Dough. Jon made this soup, and it was incredible.
As most of you reading this were in the same boat as I, last week was a torrent of winter weather. Snow was forecasted, kids came home early from school, spouses were home in advance of the impending storm.
I don’t do well with extra people in my house.
Yes, I am aware that they LIVE here. But I am a creature of habit, and I like my space. I like my routine. I like peace and quiet. When my boys are here, I feel…different. Not bad, but, well, it takes some getting used to. There is no such thing as peace and quiet.
So it all began Wednesday afternoon.
Sev got home at noon, Jon was close behind. Those two get stir crazy trapped in a house, but me? Heck, I could stay in the house for a month and not care. I like it. By Thursday (which felt like four days or more since the day before) Jon was ready to get out. No matter there was close to two feet of snow on the ground. No matter we had plenty of other food to eat. He HAD to go to the store. He HAD to make soup. So…I said I wanted Vegetable Beef Soup, and he complied.
Deep inside, only my mom makes a great vegetable soup, so, I wasn’t expecting much. I pretty much left him to his own devices in the kitchen while I hibernated and watched the Olympics, and every so often, I’d poke my head in to see how things were going.
As it turns out…very well.
His recipe was so hearty – huge chunks of potatoes and carrots, lots of corn and peas, and the beef? Ever so tender and full of flavor. He added a healthy dose of sriracha, and that amped up a nice lip tingle after the bowl was emptied.
My mom? Well, her soup is still the soup of my childhood, and it will always make me feel good. But this? Jon’s soup ranks up there with some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d like to take the credit, but it turns out he’s on to my little blog here, and I guess it’s better to just be honest this time. HE made it. I ate it.
Now you can make it, too. Enjoy!
Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup
- 1 pound diced sirloin
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 28 oz beef broth
- 3 cups water
- 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into bite bized pieces
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- In large saute pan, brown the sirloin over medium heat. Remove from pan.
- Add butter to the now empty pan and saute the onions, carrots, and celery until tender.
- Remove sirloin and cooked vegetables to the bowl of your slow cooker, and add beef broth, water, undrained tomatoes, corn, potatoes, bay leaves, and garlic powder. Stir to combine. Cook according to slow cooker instructions (average 3 hours on high, 5 hours on low. Potatoes will be tender.)
- When potatoes are tender, add peas, sriracha, and salt and pepper as desired. Allow to cook for 15-20 additional minutes. Serve hot.
You’ll want this, folks.
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