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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Steak And Vegetable Soup, A Winter Warming Meal


Yesterday was a typical cold winter's day, some snow, some wind, and gray skies...I had a smattering of veggies due for replacement, and wanted to use them up. A warming thought of a hearty beef vegetable soup sounded like just the ticket!
A slow cooker is ideal for soup making- long low heat, allowing all the flavors to meld and become just the right texture...
1 large potato, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 LB beef, cubed
1 large tomato, chopped
24oz of low sodium beef broth
6 oz of V-8 juice(really!)
salt, black pepper,garlic, herbs and spices to taste
All in slow cooker together, on high heat setting for 1-1/2 hr., on low for 5hrs.
Add 1/2 cup of thick brown gravy (optional)for a thicker broth
Soups on!
I also made those crescent rolls everybody eats, but nobody admits to.. was going to make mini cheddar cheese sandwiches out of them, but wife just wanted them with butter!

42 comments:

Marjie said...

I love those crescent rolls, but I could go broke serving them to my hungry hordes. Let's see, I'd need about 50...nevermind. Try grating a potato and tossing it in with the soup. It will disintegrate and thicken the broth very nicely! And in my house, the V8 never lasts long enough to get into the soup

buffalodick said...

Margie- Many thickeners exist, but I needed more beefy flavor, as the veggies had taken over!

Pam said...

Beef vegetable soup is my go-to winter soup. I have it at least once a month, varying whatever veggies go in it.

Kate said...

Any thoughts on gravy mixes? Any favorites? I struggle with them to not taste floury.

Kris said...

gotta love veggie soup on a cold day! yum!

buffalodick said...

Pam- I'm a bad boy when it comes to eating my veggies, so this way, I don't mind them so much!
Kate- I use Tones in a big canister, but corn starch works well as a thickener- no floury taste!

buffalodick said...

Kris- It did hit the spot.. and enough left for a couple of more bowls!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Great re-purpose for veggies in the last days! I would definitley clean you out of the crescent rolls too, oh but with the cheese!

Who Dat!

doggybloggy said...

nice looking stew - looks like just the bowl of goodness I could use right now.

Michelle Ann said...

Can you send some to Sacramento?? Oh, and Happy New Year Buff!

K said...

Sounds good. Love soup in the winter.

Angela in Europe said...

All I've wanted is soup recently, probably because it is so freaking cold here!

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I think the crockpot is the only way to go for beef stew, and yes, I put V8 in mine too. And LOL, I eat those croissants about once a year and don't admit it. I wanted to let you know that I'm having my very best clients over for dinner this Thursday and I'm making that White Chili of yours. Being a fellow Act. Rep, I thought you'd appreciate that.

Chef E said...

I miss my son's crock pot! I am on a soup making quest this week...saving calories for an event I am doing Saturday...excited I am making a Rabbit Shepards Pie!

A Year on the Grill said...

hearty...love this kind of soup

pinknest said...

I love the crescent roll! So warm. So buttery!

Vickie said...

I've never made this in the crock pot - I am such a rookie! I'm going to do this next time I make a vegetable soup.

P.S. I love those cresent rolls as a crust for one of my casseroles . . . I've found nothing that tastes better.

TavoLini said...

I usually brown the beef with a flour coating for the thickener--V8 is a GREAT addition :)

I love those rolls--I had some just the other day!

buffalodick said...

Katherine- I really wanted to make them into cheese mini sandwiches.. I had some raw milk white cheddar begging to be used...
DogB- I ate my veggies for 2010 early!
Michelle- Glad to see you're alive! Best hopes to you for 2010!
K- I think we all agree on that!
Angela- with grilled cheese, if you please!
Highlander- Goes well with a pre lube of 2 liters of blinding white wine!
ChefE- I am a big fan of rabbit! I plan to smoke some when the weather breaks...
Griller- Not my first choice, but it was pretty good..
Pink- Warm and buttery!
Vickie- an old saying: "Learn to use what you have got, and you'll not miss what you have not". I love the old folk tale of "Stone Soup"!!!
Tavolini- I eliminate browning whenever possible! Lazy, I guess!

Brian Miller said...

yum...my wife just made some last night...so good.

G-Man said...

Buff...The perfect feast for a Wintery day!
The rolls are Delish!

(You'll Love my new post)

buffalodick said...

Brian- We are all soupaholics in Jan. and Feb. in Michigan!
G-man- I'd forgotten that trick!

Jen said...

Yum...I love homemade soup.

Gloria said...

This look specially yummy!! xx gloria

Barbara said...

Nice soup, BD. Great recipe for using up sad veggies in your bin.

Throw in some fennel next time. I put some in my short ribs (along with a leek, if I have one) and the flavor gets even deeper.

Bina said...

What a great idea. I love making beef/vegetable stew but never considered making it in the crock pot. I will certainly do it next time! Thanks!

Finn said...

I love crescent rolls and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

buffalodick said...

Jen- Soup is so easy to make, and home made is best!
Gloria- Simple things , done well is my motto..
Barb- I am a big fan of fennel! I use it nearly every time in my Italian dishes. My soup was doctored this time with savory(the blend)..
Bina- A slow cooker makes it simpler and as good!

buffalodick said...

Finn- Any pastry out of a tube shouldn't be that tasty!

Hope said...

mmmmm butter. I'm with your wife. Hot crescents with butter...NOM.

Chris said...

I'll admit I eat those crescents. I like to pour a little string of honey on mine before rolling them up. Great looking soup!

buffalodick said...

Hope- I had higher hopes for them....:)
Chris- One more thing we have in common- I love honey!

Martha@Menagerie said...

Sounds perfect for a chilly evening! I admit to eating the crescent rolls, in fact I make all kinds of yummy recipes using them - I'm much more of a real life busy mom kind of cook than a foodie with elaborate recipes :-)

urban vegan said...

Nothing like soup in the cold. I would obviously make subs for the beef and broth ;)

buffalodick said...

Martha- It doesn't need to be fancy to be good!
UrbanV- For once , I ate my vegetables!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I want some of that! Wow! I would have killed (well, not really...maybe a cow) :) for some of that after work last night.

Thanks for the recipe and directions. Maybe I'll make this tonight!

Ily said...

I woke up with a bad cold and that soup looks better than chicken noodle! I'd love some of that right now...and cheese filled crescent rolls would make my day! :)

buffalodick said...

Momster- It was warming and filling, and sometimes that is all you need !
Ily- I have a great bedside manor...(he leered)...

The Blonde Duck said...

I haven't had those cinnamon rolls in forever! I forgot how good they are!

buffalodick said...

BlondeD-I got two, wife ate the rest!

Christiejolu said...

Looks yummy!

buffalodick said...

Christie- Simple things, done well! That is my job!