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Cooking Adventures: Homemade Beef Vegetable soup

You would think that something as simple as this would be easy to do and they usually are but I made a large batch of beef vegetable soup on Monday and I'm still eating it.

Yes I said Beef Vegetable Soup and not from a can either. I'll share my method I guess to make this at least a little cooking adventure oriented.

Remember this is my own creation and the measurements are not precise.

Beef Vegetable Soup (makes enough for 8 servings)

3 cups of stew beef 
6 cups of water
Garlic powder or other seasonings
1 to 1.5 cups of each frozen or canned vegetables you want (the more variety the better, any vegetable you have works)
1 cup of cooked quinoa, macaroni or potato
2 cups of cabbage (optional)

  1. Put the beef & water in a big pot.
  2. Sprinkle the beef with your choice of seasonings and bring to a boil
  3. Turn the burner down to medium-low (I use 3 on my stove)
  4. Let simmer for about half an hour to extract the flavour from the beef
  5. Skim the scum off the top of the pot, not all of it but most
  6. I usually leave the beef in but you can take it out and cut it into smaller pieces if you like
  7. Keeping the burner set at medium-low add the vegetables
  8. Simmer for another half hour or until the vegetables are heated through
  9. Add the quinoa, macaroni, or potato, cubed beef (if you removed it) and the cabbage
  10. Continue cooking until cabbage becomes soft, if you aren't using cabbage then this only needs five minutes or so to allow the starch to blend in.
  11. You can also add salt & pepper here if you want though I usually add it when I eat.
  12. Turn the burner off but leave the pot on it for a few more minutes to allow the flavours to mix a bit more. 
  13. Serve.
Notes: This is more stew than soup if you put a lot of vegetables in it but that is up to you, I used everything that was in my freezer.
Put leftovers in a covered bowl in the fridge. It should last three days. I eat one or two bowls a day until it is gone.
It is easily heated, put about 2 cups in a bowl and heat it in the microwave for about 2 minutes 



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