Vegetable Beef Soup – Spend With Pennies

This recipe for homemade vegetable beef soup is hearty with tender chunks of beef and all of our favorite veggies!

Jam-packed with flavor, this meal is slowly cooked on the stovetop until the beef is extra tender! It’s easy to make ahead and reheats and freezes beautifully.

pot of Vegetable Beef Soup

Homemade & Hearty

We just love recipes where you can toss everything in the pot and let it simmer away!

  • This recipe is easy with tender beef.
  • There is some prep involved but most of the time is hands-off as the soup simmers.
  • This soup can be adapted to whatever veggies you have on hand.
  • This soup reheats and freezes well.
ingredients to make Vegetable Beef Soup

Ingredients for Vegetable Beef Soup

Meat – Just like a beef stew, chuck is our first choice because it is so tender. Use a chuck roast and cut it yourself. You can also use beef stew meat, skirt steak, or even brisket. If substituting ground beef, it won’t need to simmer for a long time to tenderize.

Vegetables – The vegetables in this soup let you eat the rainbow. If you’d like to use frozen vegetables, they can be added along with the corn and beans.

Seasonings Onion and garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, & pepper keep this beef soup savory with a simple and hearty flavor. This recipe uses dry spices. If adding fresh herbs, stir them in with the beans and corn.

Browned beef and tomatoes in a pot

How to Make Vegetable Beef Soup

  1. Brown beef in small batches and soften onion per the recipe below.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes (with juices), & seasonings per the recipe below and simmer until the beef is tender.
  3. Add vegetables and simmer until cooked.

We love to serve this hearty soup with crusty artisan bread for dunking or sopping up any sauce in the bottom of the bowl!

vegetables and beef in a pot

If you’d prefer, you can make this into a slow cooker vegetable beef soup or cook it in the Instant Pot. For the Instant Pot, follow the same cooking times as our beef stew recipe.

Tips for the BEST Soup

  • Browning adds flavor. Brown in small batches – if the pan is crowded, the beef will steam instead of brown.
  • When adding broth, scrape up any brown bits in the bottom for extra flavor.
  • Ensure the beef should is fork-tender before adding the veggies. If the beef is not tender, it likely needs more time, cover and cook it 20 minutes more and check it.
  • To thicken the broth a little bit, mix a tablespoon or so of cornstarch with an equal amount of water. Stir it into the simmering soup and let it cook for at least 1 minute.
bowls of Vegetable Beef Soup with a pot full in the background

More Beefy Soup Recipes

A hearty bowl of soup is the perfect belly warming meal and this vegetable beef soup recipe is just one of our favorites!

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Vegetable Beef Soup

Loaded with fresh veggies and tender beef, this hearty Vegetable Beef Soup is the perfect comfort food!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Author Holly Nilsson

  • Season beef with salt & pepper.

  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot and add beef in small batches cooking until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

  • Add cooked beef back to the pan, reduce heat to medium and add onion and garlic. Cook 2 minutes more.

  • Add broth, tomatoes with juices, and Italian seasoning, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 45-65 minutes or until beef is fork-tender.

  • Add potatoes, carrots, and celery and simmer 15 minutes more. Add beans and corn, simmer 10 minutes more. (If you prefer softer beans, they can be added earlier).

  • Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve.

  • Chuck is our first choice for tender beef but you also use beef stew meat. Some cuts may need to cook longer.
  • Brown the beef in small batches. Browning adds flavor. If the pan is crowded, the beef will steam instead of brown.
  • When adding liquid, scrape up the brown bits for more flavor in the soup.
  • The beef should be fork tender before adding the veggies. If the beef is not tender, it likely needs more time, cover and cook 20 minutes more and check it.
  • If substituting ground beef, it won’t need to simmer for a long time to tenderize.
  • This recipe uses dry spices, if adding fresh herbs, stir them in with the beans and corn.
  • If you’d like to use frozen vegetables, they can be added along with the corn and beans.
  • To thicken the broth a little bit mix a tablespoon or so of cornstarch with an equal amount of water. Stir into the simmering soup and let it cook at least 1 minute

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 229 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 964mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4064IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
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