Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mom's Vegetable Beef Soup

I was in the mood for soup today and found out after I had already gotten excited about soup for dinner that I was missing a few ingredients for the Taco Soup I had my heart set on. I did however have the ingredients to throw together a batch of my mom's vegetable soup. This was a staple recipe in my house growing up as we are big soup fans and huge fans of the slow cooker. It was even a hit with the hubby when my mom made it for us while staying and helping out after the birth of our daughter last year. This recipe can be made stove-top or in the slow cooker and is super versatile in that you can add or delete pretty much any ingredients that you chose and even make it meat-free if you wish. The key to this soup is definitely the combination of the V8 and the sugar (when I say "to taste" here I fully plan on using almost a tablespoon of sugar...no messing around here! My mom used to use a sugar substitute, probably Sweet N Low since that was still cool back in the 80s...I go for the real stuff.)

Mom's Vegetable Beef Soup
Serves 6-8

1/2 lb. ground beef*
2 c diced potatoes
64 oz V8 (I use Original, Low Sodium)
16 oz frozen veggies
Salt, pepper, and sugar to taste

  1. Brown ground beef in soup pot, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients (add veggies you like, cabbage is a good addition to this soup if you're into cabbage in your soup) and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer and serve when you're ready (and potatoes are done, obviously.)
Seriously, it's that easy.

*I am not a huge fan of meat in soups (yeah, I know that's weird coming from me who loves meat) and have been known to fully enjoy a bowl of chicken noodle soup while leaving a bowl full of chicken bits when the meal is over. I don't use much meat in this soup, but like the way just a little bit flavors the soup...my mom would probably make this with at least a pound of ground beef and you can totally do that without doing anything strange to the balance of the soup as I have written it out above.


  1. My vegetable soup takes forever. I'm anxious to
    try this. Must be good if you folks rate it a 10. Why are the majority of the recipes that are rated 10 desserts, Rach? Somebody must like desserts in your house. Dessert is my favorite too.

    1. I'm significantly better at making desserts than anything else...plus the Hubby is a tough one to please...it's hard to get all 5-stars from him!