Dirt to Table Experiences: Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup
PUBLISHED ON: 01.20.2015
A walk through my winter garden beds reveal damaged leaves from late evenings of below freezing temperatures, soggy root systems caused by the deluge of rain that quickly followed. A bed of stunning bok choy was given up as a sacrifice to save my large head cabbages from pesky garden pests. Mother Nature was not kind this season. I have put my hands up and surrendered to her wrath. As a tease to call me to the spring garden she left a few gems of cabbage, broccoli and carrots untouched in the garden.
One of the most amazing dishes to create from seasonally available vegetables is a great pot of soup, and nothing beats a good old-fashioned vegetable beef soup. This soup is loaded with colorful vegetables and provides comfort on a cold night, or any occasion is perfect.
The recipe below is delicious, hearty and dependable. Don’t hesitate to alter the vegetables you use in this recipe, change it up for what is locally available or in season.
Makes 6 hearty servings
Mmm, I do love a good beef veggie soup. 🙂 Mother Nature was not kind in my garden last year either. Ayiyi. But today I got out there and tore out all the damaged, ravaged, trampled, and battered plants and started over, mulching and protecting the survivors, putting in new beauties that got a good start in pots. I'm sore and tired but happy. 🙂
Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen
What a beautiful and comforting soup. You're right – there's nothing better than a warm bowl of beef vegetable soup.Sam
From the Kitchen
I have had thoughts of going an entire winter with just soups. Vegetable soup would be high on the menu list. It is so adaptable. Your bowl looks delicious!Best,Bonnie
my winter garden is looking really sad right now too…
That is a fine looking bowl of soup Velva – very hardy indeed. Sorry to hear of your garden issues. If your brassicas are being attacked by cabbage looper worms you might try covering them – http://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com/2011/05/gardening-thursday-protecting-your.html.
We Are Not Martha
I love when a soup has TONS of good stuff in it. This is perfect!Sues
My entire yard is looking pretty sad right now, Velva. what a wonderful surprise it must have been to be able to find some hidden harvests. You sure did put them to good use too, your soup looks warm and comforting. I love that there is so much color in it. It seems everything is brown and white this time of year.Thanks for sharing, Velva…
i am loving how chunky and meaty your vegetable soup is. I need a good balance btw the broth and the meat/veggies and this looks perfect
chow and chatter
looks great and sorry for the veggies you lost
Perfect soup for perfect soup weather! I only had a tiny garden this year, and it's completely kaput. Can't wait to get started again in spring! 🙂
This is my kind of soup. Perfect winter dinner.
SavoringTime in the Kitchen
Even though nature has not been kind to your garden I still envy what you were able to harvest at this time of year. What a perfect way to use vegetable odds and ends to create a delicious bowl of beef vegetable soup!
Nothing much beats a good vegetable soup with beef and yours sounds delicious. It's perfect comfort food!
Tandy | Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com)
To me, soup is the mainstay of my winter kitchen! So nice to meet you 🙂
What a comforting dish, Velva! Perfect for a cold day!
Velva, I know you have a good plan for a Spring garden. That soup works for me any time of the year, love soup. I use my mom’s old recipe for vegetable soup and it’s a favorite at our house. Will try yours here, it’s quite similar. Hope you are well.
Your gardens are doing far better than ours….namely because we pretty much just tilled ours under.
Hearty and delicious … a perfect winter soup!
I am so inspired by your dirt to table experiences, Velva. I have been craving a really great beef stew and this hearty version is calling my name right now. Wish I could reach in and satisfy that craving 🙂
Bought my daughter a soup pot, sent her this recipe!
I agree! Nothing better than a pot of vegetable soup. It is the definition of comfort food.