Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup…and a Giveaway!

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.

Good stuff.

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

Serves 6-8



  • 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



  1. In large saute pan, brown the sirloin over medium heat.  Remove from pan.
  2. Add butter to the now empty pan and saute the onions, carrots, and celery until tender.
  3. 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.)
  4. When potatoes are tender, add peas, sriracha, and salt and pepper as desired.  Allow to cook for 15-20 additional minutes.  Serve hot.



The Giveaway

You’ll want this, folks.

A new Crock Pot® Slow Cooker.  And not just your average Crock Pot…it’s the new Crock Pot that STIRS your food for you as it cooks.  Check out the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker’s website to see the full details.  Not kidding, this little baby has all the bells and whistles, and makes slow-cooking a whole new experience.  You can make THIS SOUP in THIS CROCK POT.  And you SHOULD.  I want you to have one.  You DO want one, don’t you?

Of course you do.

What would you do with it?  Tell me here and you’ll be entered to win it.  Plus, if you’ll share a link to this post tagging @doughmesstic on Twitter or Pinterest, then return here to leave a separate comment, you’ll be entered TWICE.

So get on it!


Disclaimer:  The fine folks at Crock Pot sponsored this post and giveaway, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Contest is open through March 1, 2014, 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be contacted via email address provided in Comments.  US Addresses only, please.  Good luck!

Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking

Carbonnades a la Flamande.


That’s a little fancy sounding for Doughmesstic, isn’t it?

Don’t worry, it’s not.  It’s beef, braised in beer.  There are also onions, some new potatoes, and carrots,too, rounding out a pot roast unlike any other.

I made mine in Le Creuset’s GORGEOUS Doufeu.

Have you seen this incredible creature?  It’s stunning (well, it IS Le Creuset, after all), and the idea behind it couldn’t be more ingenious.  While your standard French Oven is oval, with an oval lid, the doufeu differs in that the lid isn’t domed.  Instead, there is an indention – a bowl of sorts – in the enameled cast iron lid.  Fill it with ice, and as the stew simmers, the ice melts, causing condensation that self-bastes your dinner.


I know, right??

This means less liquid is needed in your sauce in order to cook, resulting in more flavor versus more water.  It also means juicy, succulent meat.  Perfectly done vegetables, no mushy potatoes, no overcooked carrots.

I may never cook in anything else.


Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings

Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking


  • 2 pounds sirloin, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 12 ounces beer (I used lager)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large carrots, cut into pieces
  • 10-12 new potatoes, halved if large


  1. Heat oil in doufeu over medium heat. Brown meat a few pieces at a time. Do not crowd the meat or it will not brown properly. Remove from heat as browned and repeat until all has been browned.
  2. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the same doufeu, until onions are translucent. Add beer to deglaze the pot, scraping brown bits from bottom of the doufeu.
  3. Return meat to pot and add seasonings, Worchestershire, cream, and butter. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours or more. In the lid of the doufeu, add cubed ice.
  4. After 2 hours (or enough time to tenderize meat), Remove melted ice water from doufeu. Taste and season as needed. Add vegetables and simmer for 25 more minutes, until tender. Serve and enjoy!

The Giveaway

I’m sure you know I wouldn’t introduce you to something so stunning without offering to GIVE YOU ONE, right?

Of course I wouldn’t.


imageSo Happy Valentine’s Day, just a little early.

If you want to win a Doufeu from Le Creuset, valued at $490, tell me this.  What color would you want?  Me, I have Ocean. It’s far and away my favorite Le Creuset color.  Just scoot over to the LC webpage and choose – there are 4 colors.  None are wrong.  Now, leave me a comment, and you are entered to win.

You want multiple chances to win though, right?

Share this post on Facebook, for one chance to win.  Just be sure to come back here and comment, letting me know you did.

For another chance, Tweet the link to this post.  Again, return, and let me know you did – I’m not psychic!

For a third and fourth chance, please Fan Le Creuset on Facebook and/or Follow them on Twitter.  Each one counts, so that’s two additional chances, just be sure to comment for each one you do.

So there are FOUR MORE chances!

I highly recommend Following doughmesstic on Twitter and becoming a Fan on Facebook as well, as I have this tendency to throw bonus entries out via those two…so it can’t hurt!

Contest is open to addresses in the US only, and closes at 11:59pm on February 10, 2012.  Prize is supplied and shipped by Le Creuset. I was supplied one to review, but was NOT paid for this post, and all opinions are my own.

The 25 Days of Doughmesstic Christmas…Le Creuset Giveaway


Oh, sweet, sweet readers.  You have been so kind to me, leaving me nice comments, reading everyday, tweeting and sharing my recipes.  You don’t know how much that means to me.  I wish I could reward each and every one of you.

I also wish I could give all of you one of THESE beauties.

imageA Le Creuset 9 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven.  It’s valued at over $400. Whoa!

I am fortunate enough to own one, and we use it all the time.  ALL the time.  Even the simplest things, like big pots of soup, or chicken and dumplings, or even spaghetti – we pull out this reliable and gorgeous Le Creuset.

To inspire you a bit, I’ve compiled a little round up of goodies that are perfect for this pot, whether stovetop only, or oven only, or a combination of the two (it’s an amazing pot, what can I say??), you’ll find that you really, really want one of them.

You know you do.

Homemade Alphabet Soup or Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili (click the pictures for recipe posts) would be ideal for a chilly winter day.  Fry up a grilled cheese to dip in them?  Die. Oh, that’s making me hungry as I type.  Not fair – I should have eaten lunch!

How about something a little more substantial?

Try this Roasted Pork from my friend Paula at Bell’Alimento.  Doesn’t it look divine?  For that matter, how about this Braised Pork with Rosemary and Mushrooms? Please? Yes, yes, yes.


How about soup?  Brandi has a delicious Potato Soup with Sausage and Broccoli.  Looks good, right? Yes, yes it does.

Not into pork?  How about Chicken?  Julia Child was a huge fan of Le Creuset, and rightly so.  And I am a big fan of her recipes made in Le Creuset!  For example, this:


A roasted chicken with potatoes and onions and divine herbs and seasonings…all made in the one pot.  Yes!

Of course, there’s always mulled cider, vegetable soup, risotto, braised beef – you name it, there’s a million things you can use this excellent cookware to make.

But first?  You need the pot.

  • Tell me you want it.  That’s one entry.
  • For one additional chance (just choose one) – Share this post link on Twitter or on Facebook.  Return here to let me know you did, and now you’ve entered to win TWICE.
  • Follow doughmesstic on Twitter or Facebook.  If you already do, that counts, just be sure to leave ONE comment, letting me know.
  • Want another entry?  Become a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook and write on their wall, letting them know I sent you.  Be nice, they sure are!  I mean, they’re giving away a $400 pot after all!

Four total entries per person, max.  All extra comments will be deleted.

Open to US Addresses Only (so very sorry Internationals, I do appreciate you, though), and is courtesy of and shipped by Le Creuset. Giveaway ends December 12, 11:59pm EST.


imageSee that 7 Quart KitchenAid?  I know you want it.  I certainly can’t blame you.  So, to keep it fun and interesting, I’m giving you LOTS of extra opportunities to win it.  For every giveaway you enter during my 25 Days of Doughmesstic Christmas, if you’ll go comment on THIS POST (Click thru!) saying “I entered to win the …” (you know, whatever you entered to win), you’ll get a BONUS entry to win the mixer.  That’s 24 additional chances to win that bad boy.  So scoot! Go enter to win today’s giveaway, and then visit THIS POST to comment for your bonus entries on the mixer.

Good Luck, and see you back here tomorrow for more fun things to win!

By: ifood.tv