Beef Vegetable Soup

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs

This soup is sooo good, served with a big skillet of corn bread. I believe I found it in Good Housekeeping cookbook years ago and made a few adjustments of my own. Prep time is approximate.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. About 3 hours before serving: In a very large kettle over high heat, heat beef shanks, 2 tblsp.
  2. salt 10 cups hot water to boiling.
  3. Reduce heat to low; add remaining ingredients except frozen vegetables and potatoes.
  4. Cover; Simmer for 2 hours.
  5. I remove the meat at this point and shred it and get rid of the bones.
  6. (You don't have to do this, it's just my preference).
  7. Stir in frozen vegetables, a tablespoon of sugar or less to taste and 2 teasp of salt; cook 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  8. To Freeze: Cut meat from the bones (if you haven't already) and discard.
  9. Put soup into 1-quart freezer containers, leaving at least 1-1/2 inches head space for expansion.
  10. Freezes up to 3 months.
Most Helpful

This soup was really good and we enjoyed it very much...I didn't have beef shanks, so substituted beef stew meat...I think the shanks would have been better... will definitely make this again, but next time as written...Thanks for sharing...SharonP.

SharonP April 05, 2003

Turned out great!! Used soup bone cause it's what I had on hand and subbed some beef stock for the water. Great flavor and oh so filling. My first attempt at homemade soup. Thanks for your help making it a success.

Tracy Jayne August 03, 2009

This soup was served at my annual "Souper Supper". What can I say except "beef vegetable soup at its best". Great beefy flavor chuck full of wonderful vegetables and great tasting broth. Thanks for sharing and making my party a hit, Keen5.

Merlot January 05, 2007