It’s a sad blue day today because the Bears lost, Bill is gloating that the Packers won and I have to pay off my debts.
As a kid, I loved Mom’s vegetable soup! It was one of my favorite foods back then and it still is today. It was the perfect comfort food to me in the fall and winter and I always eagerly looked forward to her cooking it. I posted this when I first started blogging, with no followers, and thought it is a great soup to re-post.
|Mom and Dad, late 1970's|
Mom never followed a recipe for her vegetable soup but, I watched and helped her enough times to learn it well. It’s filled with fresh vegetables and herbs combined with beef and barley in a tomato juice base. The ingredients all pull together for a great taste and vibrant, rich colors. The only change I made was to add a little hot sauce.
It makes a large amount of soup so that I have plenty to give Bubba and Matt a large pan of and then have enough left to freeze for a couple of meals for Bill and me. This is a very filling soup and fills our tummies with pleasure!
Back years ago, Mom always served it with saltine crackers; however, we’d rather have a crusty Italian bread to sop up all the juices in the bottom of the bowl. It would be great with cornbread also.
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Now for Mom’s delicious soup:
Mom’s Vegetable Beef Soup
3 pounds beef chuck roast
1½-2 quarts water
2 (64 ounce) bottles tomato or V-8 juice
1½ cups quick barley
Broth from beef
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon thyme
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon basil
3-4 drops hot sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar (I use Splenda)
½ to 1 head cabbage, chopped into larger than bite-size chunks
1 large onion, chopped
8 carrots, julienne cut
8 celery ribs, julienne cut
4 russet potatoes, cubed
Day before serving:
Place beef in a large stock pot, add water, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with lid.
Cook until tender.
Let the meat cool in the broth. I then cover it with a lid and set it in the garage (remember it’s very cold here) over-night to allow the fat to solidify.
Carefully remove the solid fat on top and strain the broth.
Remove beef from pan. Trim and cut into bite-size pieces, refrigerate.
Heat broth and add V8 juice, bring to a boil.
Add barley, boil for 10 minutes.
Add salt and pepper and herbs and brown sugar. Stir well.
While the barley is cooking, chop all vegetables.
Add all vegetables and a couple of handfuls of celery leaves.
Simmer on medium-low heat.
Cook till vegetables are crisp tender, not mushy soft.
Be sure to stir well and scrape the bottom of the pot as the barley may stick.
If it is too thick, add a little water at a time and more seasonings.
When vegetables are cooked to your liking, remove the bay leaves.
Add the cut up meat and stir well but, gently so as not to break up the meat.
After meat is heated through, remove pan from heat.
Serve and enjoy!
Pam’s note: Every time you add water or another liquid to the pot, you must add more seasonings.
This soup satisfies the soul!
M’m! M’m! Good! Here’s to you, Mom!!!
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