The Lady and Sons Beef Vegetable Soup ( Paula Deen )

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by zoe85

*The chuck roast will yield more meat, but the bones from the short ribs give the soup an incredible flavor.

Top Review by BtNugget

I've made this soup a few times, but always just half of the recipe because the full recipe makes WAY too much for me. I've made it exactly as written and made substitutions with the veggies (just using what I had on hand), and I've omitted the pasta altogether at times. Each time it was good. Very forgiving recipe if you are short on some of the veggies listed....just substitute what you have on hand. I have not made it with the short ribs, though. I haven't wanted to deal with the fat that would produce.
UPDATE: 2/20/13. I wanted to add that I have made it omitting all the extra salt (seasoned salt and celery salt) and I like it much better that way. (I substituted celery seed for the celery salt.) I rarely add salt to my recipes so I know that my taste buds are more sensitive to any extra salt, but the original recipe just seems like a bit too much salt.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If using chuck roast, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the roast in the skillet and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the roast from the skillet and cut it into 1 1/2 to 2-inch cubes; discard the fat. Place the beef cubes in a large stockpot. (If using short ribs, you can put them right in the pot with no preparation).
  2. Add the water, tomatoes, onions, dried parsley, beef bouillon, dried Italian seasoning, House Seasoning, seasoned salt, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, garlic powder, black pepper and bay leaves.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pot; reduce the heat so that the liquid simmers, and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
  4. If using short ribs, remove them from the pot and cut the meat from the bones, discard the bones and fat, and return the meat to the pot. Add the remaining vegetables and the macaroni and return the soup to a boil, stirring to distribute the ingredients.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  6. Just before serving, season with salt and pepper and add fresh chopped parsley. To remove excess fat from the surface of the soup, swirl a lettuce leaf around the surface—it will pick up a lot of the fat.

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