Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Autumn Vegetable Beef Soup

I called this my "Autumn" Vegetable Beef Soup because it packs a little more heat than a standard vegetable beef soup.  I don't like anything too spicy, but the heat level of this soup is simple to adjust, so I made it "just right" for our taste.  I experimented in the kitchen last night & came up with this recipe for dinner.  Like most soups, it was even better re-heated the next day!

Ryan is a meat & potatoes kind of guy, ...he's not really into soups.  He likes stew & chili.  I would say this is a hearty compromise.  Almost chili-like in flavor, but with more of a brothy than a "saucy" constistancy.  

Ryan went back for seconds.

Here is what you need:

1 lb ground beef
2 {smaller} yellow onions - cut into petals
1 32 fl oz. carton of beef broth
1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes - undrained
1 c. frozen peas
1 c. frozen sweet corn
1 c. chopped carrots
3-4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/3 c. Western Dressing {I know, sounds strange, but it was amazing!!}
1 teaspoon black pepper
Garlic powder - to taste (I just sprinkled in a little)
Salt - to taste (I used about 2-3 teaspoons)
1 Bay Leaf
A few dashes of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce (or any hot sauce, but I love this one for soups!)

In a large pot {not quite a stock pot} I browned the pound of beef with the onion by simmering it in a small amount of the beef broth.  Once the beef was browned, I added the rest of the beef broth.  -Followed by the remainder of the ingredients.  I simmered it {covered} on low for about 45 mins.  But you could probably get away with less time.  The time is pretty flexible, as long as the vegetables are cooked through & soft.  After simmering, I could tell if I need to add either more garlic powder/more Worcestershire sauce/ or more salt.

Remove the bay leaf, serve & enjoy!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!  The list of ingredients may seem long, but they are all pretty basic.  It was a very easy soup to make.  This would probably be great in a slow cooker as well! 


1 comment:

  1. Sounds good, just wondering if you could tell me what western dressing is. Thanks