Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Try It....You'll Like It

My mother-in-law made the BEST vegetable beef soup. I often told her she could open a restaraunt and serve only this soup (and fresh homemade bread) and make a fortune.
It's rich and tasty, but may not be "healthy" by your doctors point of view.
I would come home after a long, cold day at work and this soup was the best cure both mentally and physicaly for the days woes. A comfort food beyond compare.

Vegetable Beef Soup

2 Gallons Water
1 1/2 lb. soup bone (BEST) or 2-3 lbs. rib shanks
3 lb. well marbled, beef chuck roast (fatty as possible)
3 Tbls. salt
1 Tbls. pepper
2 cups diced onion
1 1/2 cup diced celery
1 large rutabaga diced
2 cups diced carrot
1 med. Cabbage chopped
2 - 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes
3-4 lbs. potatoes, about 2 quarts
beef bouillon cubes

Boil soup bone for about an hour in the water. While this is cooking, trim fat from the roast, cut into chunks and add to the pot. Cube the meat, reserve.
Remove bones and trim any meat & dice into cubes, Return all meat and bones to the pot.
Add salt & pepper.
Add onions. celery, rutabaga, carrots, cabbage & tomatoes and simmer for at least an hour.
Add potatoes last hour of cooking.
This soup is best if cooked all day & then reheated.
Add vegetables in order as you cut them up, this gives proper cooking time to each vegetable and works out better than just dumping them in all at once.
Remove fat chunks and add bouillon cubes if necessary before serving.
Makes a large pot of soup.

7 comments:

farm mom said...

I tried to nail grandma down on this recipe once. She would tell me, some of this, handful of that, bit of this etc....drove me nuts when I was first cooking and lacked the confidence!! :) Now I cook like that often and think of her. Thanks for sharing dad, this soup is full of memories for me too. And it really is wonderful. I miss it, and her.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

mmmmmmm....Will you come over and make this for me?

That soup would probably fix this virus for good. :)

~Lisa

GreyWolf said...

Ang: me and your mom worked on this a long time, but rereading the recipe makes me wonder about the 1 TBLS. of pepper. That seems like an awful lot of pepper to me. I wonder if I typoed it, and maybe it should be 1 tsp.
I know the last time we made it we couldn't find a soup bone and had to settle for the short ribs. I put them in the large crock-pot on low overnight and they made a good soup stock, it worked out pretty good. We miss her too, especially when we make this soup.

GreyWolf said...

Lisa: Sure I'll come out and make this soup for ya. But I'm afraid it will have to wait until I hit the lottery. I imagine that you will be all better by then and won't need it, but I'll make it anyway. :)
Get Well Soon.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

And don't forget...you've got work to do at my place first, too.
Lots and lots of WORK.

frugalmom said...

Yeah...and Im pretty sure that you said we could get some goats here soon. You cant be off doing all this other stuff when we have goats to tend to.

GreyWolf said...

Danni: I am still waiting for the requested information about our Work arrangement, check your blog comments.

frugalmom: yes I remember about the the goats...and that is where YOU come into the WE part... ;)