Beef and Vegetable Soup


This beef and vegetable soup is a hearty and filling meal that is perfect for a cold winter day. The soup is packed with nutrients and is very easy to make. The soup can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 L beef stock
  • 500 mL water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour

Method

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the beef in batches over medium-high heat. Add the beef to a bowl as it browns.
  2. Once all the beef has been browned, add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pot. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the beef stock, water, bay leaf, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the soup for 2-3 hours, or until the beef is very tender.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the soup has thickened.
  6. Serve the soup hot, with some crusty bread on the side.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many ways that you can change and improve this soup. You could add other vegetables, such as potatoes, corn, or peas. You could also add some pasta or rice to the soup to make it more filling. If you want a more flavourful soup, you could add some red wine or additional Worcestershire sauce. You could also spice up the soup by adding some chili flakes or cayenne pepper.

What other food it works well with

This soup goes well with some crusty bread or a side salad.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making this soup is to add the beef before the vegetables have had a chance to soften. This can result in the beef being tough and chewy. Another mistake is to add too much flour, which can make the soup very thick and starchy.

Nutritional Information

This soup is very high in protein and low in fat. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Allergens

This soup contains beef, wheat, and soy.


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