Vegetable Beef Soup with Roasted Garlic #SundaySupper

This Vegetable Beef Soup is chock full of veggies, given a flavor boost from roasted garlic and super hearty with orzo and Parmesan. Plus it’s just plain delicious! Perfect for dinner with leftovers doled out into thermoses for a homemade, back to school hot lunch.Vegetable Beef Soup | A healthy soup chock full of vegetables and lean beef

Vegetable Beef Soup Packed with Veggies

I usually make this soup in January. After all the decadent desserts, marbled beef, and buttered, well, buttered everything over the holidays, it’s the perfect remedy.  Ideal when there is snow, ice, and bone chilling temperatures, a piping hot bowl of vegetable beef soup is also perfect for back to school lunches. This recipe makes a big batch and like my Chili with Black Beans, it only gets better as it sits overnight in the fridge.Vegetable Beef Soup | A healthy soup chock full of vegetables and lean beef

Tweak with Your Family’s Favorites

This recipe can easily be adapted by leaving out the beef, altering the vegetables, changing up the pasta.  Bill would prefer I eliminate the okra next time (and every time). Feel free to add green beans, black beans or any of your favorites. The roasted garlic gives an amazing depth of flavor but sauteing some minced garlic with the onions, carrots, and celery is another option.  Make your version of vegetable beef soup perfect for your family’s tastes.Vegetable Beef Soup | A healthy soup chock full of vegetables and lean beef

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Vegetable Beef Soup

Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hour 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Adapted from a recipe by my friend, Robin


  • 1 whole head of garlic, roasted (cut top of head off, drizzle with olive oil and roast at 375º for 35-45 minutes)
  • 1 pound lean beef, cut into small pieces (I use beef tenderloin, but even ground beef will work)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 large russet potato, diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen sliced okra
  • 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cups V8 Juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup dried orzo, cooked in salted water and drained, optional
  • Parmesan, to serve


  1. Saute beef in olive oil till browned. Add onions, carrots, and celery and cook till soft.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients except pasta. Squeeze the roasted garlic head to release all the individual cloves. Stir and bring to a simmer for about an hour or till the beef is tender and the potatoes are cooked. Before serving, add cooked orzo (if using), stir and allow to cook until warm.
  3. Serve with Parmesan.


Recipe Notes

May eliminate beef and substitute vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 450kcal Calories from fat 150
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 1864mg 78%
Carbohydrate 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 11g
Protein 33g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Looks like a warming bowl of goodness for a cold day!

  2. Your soup is beautiful! And definitely sounds appealing after all of the holiday goodies. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I saved this one. 🙂 I am not very good at soups so I want to practice with this! Besides I enjoy okra. Thank you for sharing…and your little four legged friend is ADORABLE!


  4. Cajun Chef Ryan says:

    I love the okra in this soup! I have always used okra in my gumbo recipes but never have put it in vegetable soup, now I have an idea for the next time i make a batch.
    Bon appetit!

  5. Thank you, Linda and Kori!

    Chef Ryan, okra is wonderful in veggie soup…hope you do try it in your next batch 🙂

  6. Lookin’ good Liz – bet its not fatty due to using the beef tenderloin vs. chuck.

  7. Cristina {Teenie Cakes} says:

    This is a welcoming sight, a healthy and warm bowl of beautiful soup. Comfort food indeed and very much needed after all the holiday eating. Lots of good ingredients and I like your use of V8. 😉

  8. Thanks, Cristina! A big bowl of this and no guilt having a couple of cookies for dessert 🙂

  9. Lambeau is flattered by your nice comment, Dionne! And I bet you’re better at soups than you think! Thanks for stopping by~

  10. Lizzy-Such a welcome change after all the goodies and sweets for the holiday, to enjoy a nice steaming bowl of vegetable beef soup. So good, and comforting.
    Wishing you and your wonderful family, a peaceful, blessed, and Happy New Year!

  11. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog says:

    Comforting soup and have all the necessary stuff – the beefy and veggies 🙂 I want it with tons of Parmesan.

    Happy New Year 2011!!


  12. gingerbreadcake says:

    Lambeau is adorable!! 🙂 And the soup just looks sooo good. I love vegetable beef soup but have never made my own before. I’ll definitely have to get cooking and make this. Mmmm perfect for this time of year! 🙂

    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

  13. hi Lizzy
    this is definitely soup weather, and your hearty soup would certainly hit the spot! Love the addition of okra!

  14. It’s hard to think that soup time is not far off but, after seeing your soup, I’m starting to crave it again!

  15. I have never had okra can you believe it? I like how it looks. I will give it a try in this soup!

  16. That looks so hearty and warming – perfect for a cold day!

  17. Sam @ Bites of Wellness says:

    Love the addition of okra!! You don’t see that enough in soups and stews! YUM!

  18. I love the big chunks of beef and veggie mix in here, Liz. Roasted garlic puts it over the top!

  19. Homemade soup is simply the best. What a creative way to use V8!

  20. This looks so comforting and yummy. I love all these veggies in it! What a great source of vitamins.

  21. Thinking Bill and I would get along at restaurants…I’m not a huge okra fan but do love everything else about this chilly winter-day ready soup =)

  22. Sigh….this would be great for back to school lunches.

    Seriously, though, soup is good during all season.s

  23. I really like the richness of this stew. Our August has been cool so this looks very appealing right now!

  24. I’m in love with the beef soup, dear! xoxo

  25. This looks like a perfect bowl of comfort! I love the roasted garlic to add an extra depth of flavor!

  26. What an awesome soup, a perfect combination of vegetables (except the okra, I agree with Bill!). We did a photo shoot several years ago and one was okra, that gelatinous goop that oozes out made me gag, now I can’t even think about okra without gagging.

  27. This looks so much like the soup I always requested as my birthday dinner growing up. It’s one of my favorite things on earth! It’s just so delicious and comforting 🙂

  28. I think a good homestyle vegetable soup is always popular with the kids.

  29. Teri @ The Freshman Cook says:

    Loving this major comfort food! It makes me want to curl up in a chair with a blanket and enjoy every bite!

  30. Lately, I’ve been roasting garlic like crazy and I am looking forward to trying it with this hearty soup. I’d have to find another veggie for the okra but I’m sure it will be just as good as it looks here.

  31. Your recipes really inspire.I loved your way of cooking.Best recipes of all the times.I made Vegetable Beef Soup recipe its taste also awesome.Before this, I Made Punjabi Murgh Pulao Recipe for my husband his taste also yummy and delicious.Sharing a link of Punjabi Russian Salad with you: ( )


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