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Savory Vegetable-Beef Soup

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Categories: Make ahead
Type: Soups and Stews

Here's a hearty vegetable beef soup that calls for everyday ingredients.

Serves: 11 1 cup servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds beef top round or lean stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups unsalted beef broth or water
  • 3 cups canned vegetable juice, like V-8 vegetable juice
  • 1 tablespoon instant beef bouillon granules
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups diced unpeeled potatoes (about 1 1/2 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 medium-large yellow onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cut green beans
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (unthawed) whole kernel corn

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Directions:

  1. Trim any visible fat from the meat. Rinse the meat with cool water, and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Coat a 4-quart nonstick pot with nonstick cooking spray, and preheat over medium-high heat. Add half of the beef at a time to the skillet, and stir-fry for about 4 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  3. Add the broth or water, vegetable juice, bouillon granules, oregano, chili powder, bay leaves, and pepper to the pot, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and green beans to the pot, and increase the heat slightly to return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 additional minutes, or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  5. Add the corn to the pot, and increase the heat slightly to return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Remove the bay leaves from the soup, and discard. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls, and serve hot.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright © 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

To order this book go to www.penguin.com. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.

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