Lately I have been craving something hearty, and when I think of hearty foods, I’m either thinking cheesy, or beefy/tomato. This time my craving was specifically for some type of beef soup in a tomato base. I think it was this yummy beef and tomato soup, posted at a recent Sunday Night Soup Night, that got me into this mood 🙂
Because the soup cooks for a long time, the stew beef becomes meltingly tender (provided it isn’t really lean stew beef which can be on the dry side) and the flavor is rich because over the course of cooking, the liquid reduces and the flavors becomes more concentrated.
Tomato Beef and Vegetable Soup
2 tablespoons oil (ghee/butter/coconut oil)
1 pound beef stew meat (grass fed)
1 large onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups beef stock
2 cups strained/pureed tomatoes
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
2 medium potatoes, diced
2 celery ribs, sliced
6-8 button mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. sea salt (or more, depending on your taste)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
1 cup corn (I used frozen)
1 small bunch of kale (about 12 stalks), chopped
1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add the beef and brown on all sides.
2. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until golden.
3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the corn and the kale.
4. Simmer gently, with the lid partially open, for 2- 2 ½ hours until the beef is tender.
5. Add the corn and kale and simmer for another 20-30 minutes.
6. Serve with a dollop of sour cream! (optional)
You could also make this in your crock pot, but my crock pot doesn’t allow the liquid to reduce very much, so I find the flavors don’t concentrate as well. If making this in the crock pot, perhaps reduce the amount of beef stock to 4-5 cups instead of 6.
This soup is a variation on the Vegetable Beef Soup that I had posted previously.
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