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Vegetable Beef Soup | A healthy soup chock full of vegetables and lean beef

Vegetable Beef Soup with Roasted Garlic

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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. Baked Potato Soup is another hearty favorite.

Vegetable Beef Soup | A healthy soup chock full of vegetables and lean beef

Tweak with Your Family’s Favorites

This vegetable beef soup 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

Vegetable Beef Soup

Adapted from a recipe by my friend, Robin

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

May eliminate beef and substitute vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 549 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 103mg Sodium: 1198mg Carbohydrates: 54g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 43g
Vegetable Beef Soup | A healthy soup chock full of vegetables and lean beef

 

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