In this post: Quick and easy one pot vegetable beef soup recipe that takes just a few minutes to put together. Have dinner on the table in less than an hour!
*This recipe was originally published in 2012. It’s been updated with new images and more organized information. Enjoy!
Why This Recipe Works
- This soup is made on the stovetop, all in one pot.
- It’s made with ingredients you have on hand, and that are easy to find.
- A family-friendly and healthy meal idea.
- This vegetable beef soup recipe can be made in advance.
- This recipe makes enough for leftovers!
I use canned goods (broth, tomato juice, tomatoes) straight off the grocery store shelf. As always, you can customize this recipe according to your family’s tastes
Any vegetables can be added. Use what you have on hand, and adjust the ingredients according to your family’s tastes.
Homemade beef broth (see below), low sodium beef broth, beef stock, or bone broth can be used in place of the regular beef broth.
An equal amount of instant barley can be used as a substitute for the pasta. Chopped potatoes can also be used.
The tomato juice can be swapped out with V8 Juice. Another tasty addition, left in a comment by a reader, is a can of condensed tomato soup.
How to Make
This vegetable beef soup recipe is made all in one pot, which means easy assembly and less clean-up.
Step 1: Put olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat.
Step 2: Add onion and carrots. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Add stew meat, salt and pepper.
Step 4: Cook until meat is nicely browned, and onions are beginning to turn clear.
Step 5: Add beef broth and tomato juice.
Step 6: Add remaining ingredients except the pasta.
Step 7: Bring to a boil and then add the pasta.
Step 8: Lower heat and gently boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Step 9: Turn off the heat and cover. Let sit on the stovetop for 30 minutes.
Step 10: Remove bay leaf or sprig of thyme before serving.
When you have this vegetable beef soup assembled and on the stove, the pasta looks very small. Don’t be tempted to add more. It somehow takes on a life of its own! If the pasta expands and makes the soup too thick, just add more beef broth or tomato juice.
There are two ways to make this vegetable beef soup. The first is to use regular stew meat from your meat counter. This method is explained in the recipe card. If you are short on time, stew meat is the way to go.
The second method is to cook a whole chuck roast, and use that meat, along with the homemade broth, in your soup.
How to make homemade broth
The day before you want to serve the soup, cook a 3 lb. chuck roast in the oven. I explain the process in this pot roast recipe. Leave the cooked roast in the roasting pan, and refrigerate the whole thing overnight. When you are ready to make the soup, remove the meat from the pot, and chop it into bite-sized pieces. Skim the fat off the broth, and strain it into a 4-cup measuring vessel. Use the meat and the broth in the soup for an extra rich and hearty taste.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Easy Vegetable Beef Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 cup carrots (shredded, firmly packed)
- 3 lbs. stew meat
- 32 oz. tomato juice
- 32 oz. beef broth
- 1 can Campbell’s Beef Consomme
- 14.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 12 oz. bag frozen corn
- 12 oz. bag frozen green beans
- 1 bay leaf or fresh thyme
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 3/4 cup tiny pasta (stars, ditalini, or orzo)
- Put olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat.
- Add onion and carrots. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add stew meat, salt and pepper.
- Cook until meat is nicely browned, and onions are beginning to turn clear.
- Add beef broth and tomato juice.
- Add remaining ingredients except the pasta.
- Bring to a boil and then add the pasta.
- Lower heat and gently boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Cover the pot and turn off the heat. Let sit on the stovetop for 30 minutes.
- Remove bay leaf or sprig of thyme before serving.
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