Friday, January 3, 2014

Vegetable Beef Soup {Slow-Cooker}

It has been two years since I started this blog!  By the end of 2012, my blog was up to about 2,000 page views a month.  At that time, I was hoping it would get to 5,000 page views a month by the end of 2013.  As of the end of 2013, I have been getting 7,000 page views a month!  Thanks to you all for following my blog!  My hope it is helping some with food allergies cook and enjoy somewhat normal foods.

Here is a recipe for Vegetable Beef Soup.  It is inspired by the recipe for Amazing Beef Vegetable Soup from The Vintage Mom's food blog.  The recipe says to simmer all day.  Anytime I read this, I think slow-cooker.  That is how I cooked mine.  I also made a few ingredient adjustments and additions, as you can see below.  I love that this warm, comforting soup is so full of so many yummy veggies!

Note:  This recipe makes a lot of soup!!  You need a BIG slow-cooker.  I cooked Mine in a 6 quart capacity slow-cooker and it was almost filled to the brim.  We shared half of the soup with friends and still had enough for two meals for our family.  I even froze a couple of containers for lunches.  

If you like this recipe, you may also like Taco Soup (EF, GF).

Vegetable Beef Soup

1 medium onion, diced
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 carton low-sodium beef broth
1 large 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
½ head of cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 c frozen corn
1 c baby carrots, chopped
1 c frozen peas
1 c fresh or frozen green beans*
5 medium yellow potatoes, cubed
1 packet of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup mix
2 T celery flakes
2 T Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
1 T ground black pepper
1 T dried parsley

In a skillet, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil.  Move onion and garlic to slow-cooker.  In same skillet brown the beef.  Drain beef and place in slow-cooker.  Add broth, tomatoes, vegetables and all remaining spices.  Cook on low for about 8 hours.  Remove bay leaves prior to serving.

*I used canned green beans, adding them about half way through the cook time because that is what I had on hand.  I also think you could put canned green beans in for the entire cook time.  They may just be more likely to come apart.


  1. I'm assuming the Beefy Onion Soup Mix is dairy free, but do you know if it is nut free? I'll call Lipton to find out. This sounds divine! I love the opportunity to try any new recipes in a crock pot!

    1. From their website, it appears to be dairy-free but it never hurts to double check. Let me know what they say.