Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe - Food.com (2024)


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Submitted by Marla Swoffer

"Better than Campbell's but just as comforting! Loosely based on a gourmet cooking magazine's recipe for Beef Barley soup, I didn't have any barley or okra, so I added root veggies to make it more hearty, like a rich broth with the chunkyness of stew. It turned out to be the best soup I've ever made! DH, stepson and baby girl kept coming back for more."


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  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 1 onion
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 10 baby carrots (or a couple regular carrots)
  • 2 potatoes (peeled if you like)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (I use salt-free)
  • 3 12 cups beef broth (or 2 14-oz cans)
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce



  • Cut meat into small, bite-size (1/2") pieces.
  • In a large pot or dutch oven, saute meat in 1 T oil on medium-high heat until all sides are brown.
  • Set aside on a plate.
  • Chop celery, onion, potatoes, and carrots into bite-size pieces.
  • Saute celery and onion in remaining 1 T oil until onion is golden (about 10 minutes).
  • Add browned beef, water, broth, tomatoes with juices, carrots, potatoes, corn, bay leaves and garlic.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until beef is almost tender, about an hour.
  • Add peas and hot sauce to soup.
  • Cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 30 minutes longer.
  • Serve and season with freshly ground black pepper, hot sauce, or crumbled saltines, if desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Can I just cook the meat & add it later?


  2. Has anyone made this in a slow cooker?


  3. I want to add fresh grean beans. I was wondering if anyone had done this and the amount you used?

    Brian S.

  4. Perhaps I’m overlooking it….but I don’t see barley listed as an ingredient


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  1. This was my first time attempting to make a Vegetable Beef Soup, but this recipe made it so easy! And it was OMG delicious!! I omitted the hot pepper sauce for personal preference and added a half can of tomato sauce; I also added extra potato and some cabbage, and it came out wonderful! Thanks for this great


  2. After reading the reviews and considering my personal preference, I decided to alter the recipe a wee bit. I used V8 juice instead of water ( I think that adding water to the recipe makes it a tad bit "watery" and it loses its consistency) and I also added an extra can of diced tomatoes. I seared the beef stew with olive oil, lemon pepper, and onion powder and proceeded to cook everything in a crockpot on high for 30 minutes and then turning it to low for about an hour and a half. The outcome was amazing so I gave it 5 stars because it is simple enough for anyone to make and the ingredients are spot on... Thank you for a thoughtless recipe for soup on this cold snowy day!

    KeKe G.

  3. This is a great vegetable beef soup. I really liked the little touch of spice from the hot sauce. I did add a pint of canned green beans. Thanks for the keeper.

    Mike McCartney

  4. Wow! This was wonderful! It's so tasty and yet easy to make. I left the hot pepper sauce out for dietary reasons, but it was still great. I'll be making this again throughout the winter. Thanks, Inkling, for this recipe.


  5. Finally! I found the recipe i've been looking for. Two small changes when i made it; used fresh garlic and instead of water used 4 cups v8 juice. SO GOOD. THANKS!

    Noelle Rae

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  1. My tweaks are in the post below

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    Brandy M.

  2. After reading other tweaks, I used low-sodium V8 instead of water. I wanted more beef flavor, so next time I'll throw in an extra bullion cube. I used fresh garlic, browned the onion/celery/stew beef in bacon fat, and added a little worcestershire sauce. SO good!


  3. NO garlic powder! Use fresh garlic and it's great!??


  4. I use 32 oz beef broth, cut water by 1/2 cup, just for convenience sake. I get between 8-9 pints, and freeze some to keep on hand.

    Gerald D.

  5. I used the entire 32 oz carton of beef broth and reduced the water by 1/2 cup.


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Why does my vegetable beef soup taste bland? ›

What do I do if my vegetable beef soup tastes bland? The best way to ensure a flavorful soup is to brown the beef and onions in the beginning. If the soup tastes bland at the end of cooking, add more spices and herbs. After adding, allow the soup to cook a little longer so the flavors to meld together.

What can boost the flavor of meat and vegetables in soup? ›

Some enhancers: Add a dash of soy sauce, or Worcestershire sauce, or a spoonful of pomegranate molasses, or a spoonful of Marmite, or a bit of anchovy paste. All of these add some umami (i.e.savoriness). Try a bit of these at a time and taste as you go until you achieve the desired enhancement.

What are the ingredients in Campbell's vegetable beef soup? ›


What not to put in soup? ›

The Worst Things to Put in Your Soup
  1. By Sara Butler. If there's one good thing about fall and winter, it's soup. ...
  2. Heavy Cream. Heavy cream creates an inviting texture for soups but that's where its positive contributions end. ...
  3. Juice. ...
  4. Turkey Bacon. ...
  5. Cheese. ...
  6. Croutons.

What gives soup the best flavor? ›

Some of our favorites are Dried Shallots, Dehydrated Red Bell Pepper, Dehydrated Green Bell Pepper, Tomato Flakes, Minced Onion and Roasted Garlic Flakes. Or, add a bay leaf to your recipe. The bay leaf will give the soup a little something extra without overwhelming the dish.

How do you deepen vegetable soup flavor? ›

How to Add Lots of Flavor to Vegetable Soup
  1. Salt: enhances flavor.
  2. Fat: amplifies flavor.
  3. Acid: brightens and balances.
  4. Heat: determines the texture of the food.

How do you add depth of Flavour to vegetable soup? ›

You can also add tomato paste or fresh or dried herbs like oregano or thyme. Starchy root vegetables like potato, parsnips, turnips and swede will add body to the soup and turn it into a true meal in a bowl. Using a good-quality stock (or making your own) will enhance the flavour of the soup.

What is a good spice to put in vegetable soup? ›

Boosting Flavor

For more flavor add in more dried herbs (or even triple the amount of dried thyme). Other good herbs to add include basil, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, or Italian seasoning. Another option to add more flavor is to use a homemade chicken stock or vegetable broth.

Why do you put vinegar in vegetable soup? ›

It may sound a bit strange and unusual for some, but vinegar is a common ingredient in some soup recipes, and there is a good reason for it. If you think about it, vinegar is really a flavor-enhancer (umami). That's why it is so often used in cooking, sauces, and salad dressings. The same is true with soups.

Why do you put lemon juice in vegetable soup? ›

Lemon Juice

Acidity in a soup can really make a difference because it adds a high back-note. When adding lemon juice, add at the end of cooking to keep its bright flavor.

What is the best thickener for vegetable soup? ›

Add flour or cornflour

Put a tablespoon of either into a small bowl and stir in 2-3 tbsp of the soup until you have a smooth mixture. Stir this back into the soup and bring it to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes to allow the starch granules to burst to thicken, and to cook out any flour flavour.

What is in Campbell's old fashioned vegetable soup? ›

A family favorite for generations, this veggie soup is crafted with farm-grown vegetables like carrots, celery, green beans and peas plus O-shaped pasta in a savory beef stock.

What is a substitute for beef broth in vegetable beef soup? ›

Chicken Broth

This savory, salty liquid has a milder flavor than beef broth but is a good one-to-one replacement. Chicken broth also has a similar nutrition profile to beef broth, low in calories and high in sodium.

What is beef vegetable soup made of? ›

  1. 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth.
  2. 1 ½ pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained.
  4. 1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained.
  5. 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce.
  6. 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste.
  7. 1 (46 fluid ounce) bottle tomato-vegetable juice co*cktail (such as V8®)
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How do you fix tasteless vegetable soup? ›

Roast or caramelize your vegetables before adding them to your soup to bring out their natural sweetness. Add ingredients like mushrooms, tomatoes, soy sauce, miso, or seaweed to enhance the flavor of your soup. Use fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil or thyme to add fresh flavor to your soup.

How do you make vegetable soup not taste bland? ›

Use a good broth or stock: A high-quality vegetable or chicken broth will enhance the flavor. You can also make your own broth for an extra depth of taste. 3. Choose a variety of fresh vegetables: Use a mix of fresh, colorful vegetables like carrots, celery, bell peppers, and tomatoes to add both flavor and texture.

How do I add flavor to bland beef soup? ›

If the soup is already made and you just want to deepen the flavour, try a shake of a pre-made sauce such as Worcestershire, brown sauce, barbecue sauce, soy or even kecap manis etc. For next time, more or better beef stock.

How do you get the depth of flavor in vegetable soup? ›

A squeeze of citrus, a dollop of yogurt or a drizzle of cream, a dusting of cheese or a good chile powder, a sprinkling of some herbs or croutons — all can take a perfectly fine soup into the realm of the delectable. Even a spiral of good olive oil to finish and some coarse sea salt can do wonders.


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