Good beef soup is all in the Spices

Tired of canned vegetable beef soup? Make your own!

Cut up your favorite vegetables. Carrots, celery, peas, pearl onions, etc. Dice up 8-12oz of the cheapest cut of beef you can find. You know the stuff – tastes like beef, but it’s super tough so most people don’t want it because cooking it takes time they don’t have. Add 1/4 cup barley or farro, or a diced potato or sweet potato, or any combination of them for some starch to thicken. Sweet potato is great – give some time and it will dissolve into the broth.

Add vegetables to:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste*

Let that simmer until thick and bubbly and meat is shred tender. Add extra water when needed as it reduces during simmering. *Add your salt, to taste, near the end.

Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time? Depends on the meat. Using a crockpot lets you walk away for a few hours. Simmering on the stove requires you to keep a watchful eye. I go stovetop. I love being retired!

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