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Darla Hood
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Vegetable Beef Soup w/pics

The hardest thing for me to do when making vegetable soup is deciding what to exclude. One of my strengths as a cook is making do and using what I have. One of my weaknesses is indecisiveness when the options are open.


The ingredients I thought I'd probably use (you can't see it, but there are two packages of soup meat, as well as the beef shank:




Oops, forgot the San Marzano tomatoes, the bay leaves and the Herbes de Provence:




Browning the beef in olive oil in two batches:




The second batch:




Good fond:




Instead of deglazing with a liquid, I add the chopped veg, and the moisture in the onions helps with the deglazing. And now I've added all the meat back:




The cabbage was added right after the beef stock, water, tomatoes*, bay leaves & Herbs de Provence. A little later, the kale & spinach were added. Carrots a little later. Frozen peas, last. *When I add the tomatoes I crush them in my hand as I put them in the pot (after thoroughly washing my hands, of course) :




Ladling up:




It's soup!



I didn't use the barley or the green beans. While I'd love to have potatoes or pasta or rice, I chose not to use them. My husband is okay with that.

One mistake. I had several containers of beef stock. Inadvertantly opened a container of chicken stock and didn't notice until mid-pour. Kept going.

In the pic of ingredients, I show beef base. Ended up also adding a little vegetable base, too.









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Lester Earl
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looks good. but dont like tomatoes in mine


Darla Hood
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Oh. And a small can of Rotel (sorry, LE).

And at some point, I noticed there was a NY strip in the fridge, all by its lonesome. Cut it up and threw it in the soup.

And after I took the pic, I threw that bowl of soup back in the pot because it was too early to eat. The soup got a little bit thicker. Still needs more salt.


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I put some non-traditional stuff in mine: wild rice, frozen corn niblets, zucchini, squash, blackeye peas, okra. I always have trouble keeping the carrots and potatoes from overcooking. Gotta have some crunch. Fond and timing of the veggies is key.


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Looks great.

I love vegetable soup.


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jimithing11
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food board has be on point of late



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John McClane
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Looks amazing


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Darla Hood
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Tbobby, I have done a wild rice soup before and that adds a wonderful flavor and texture.

So many soups, so little time.


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Wild rice is great by itself. Just boil it for 40 minutes, drain then add butter and salt. Whole Foods sells it in the bulk food isle for about $14/pound.


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Nice soup Miz Darla. Your hubby will eat good tonight. And maybe tomorrow too.



We do kale too. Nice winter greens.
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LouisianaLady
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Looks awesome. I eat around the potatoes in vegetable soup, so I'd happily eat this potato-less one.


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Looks delish! I don't care for potatoes or rice in mine. I use turnips instead. Great sub for the starch as they add a wonderful flavor. Occasionally, I'll use noodles


Jibbajabba
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I love a good soup and that looks good!! Did you notice any flavor differences with the beef + chick broth? I find they are interchangable for the most part with no problems.


Darla Hood
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quote:

I use turnips instead. Great sub for the starch as they add a wonderful flavor.

I don't care for turnips, but I wondered how chunks of butternut squash or sweet potato would have tasted. What do you think?


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Darla Hood
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quote:

Did you notice any flavor differences with the beef + chick broth? I find they are interchangable for the most part with no problems.

No, I didn't notice any problem with the flavor. I ended up using 2 beef stock and 1 chicken stock, as well as some water and beef base and vegetable base.

I've used chicken stock in seafood gumbo as a supplementary stock if I didn't have enough shrimp or other seafood stock.


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Wow, looks great


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Caplewood
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You make tasty looking food darla

Try making a good beef stock with roasted bones for that next time instead of base and store bought.

I'm nitpicking but it will make a huge difference
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Darla Hood
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I've made chicken and turkey stock. Have been kind of afraid of beef stock.

I will give it a try, but it might be a while. Thanks.


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