Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: To-die-for Vegetable Beef Soup

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

To-die-for Vegetable Beef Soup

Yesterday in Iowa was filled with snow, wind, blah, blah, blah.....same story, different winter. For those of us that live here, we do often wonder....why?

In my opinion, the only solution to a dreary day like that is soup. Who doesn't LOVE a bowl of hot soup on a cold day? I personally like that kind that makes your nose run every time you take a bite. If only I could puree it and put it in little man's bottle, maybe it would help his cold!

What is your favorite kind of soup?

My Vegetable Beef Soup recipe is so easy, I promise even the "non-cook" can do this. It is simply dump, turn the crock pot on low and forget. Especially for those that work outside the home, it can easily be assembled the night before, placed in the fridge and set on low before you walk out of the door the next morning. So simple, it is almost a joke.


Vegetable Beef Soup
1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
1 bottle V-8 low sodium vegetable juice
1 can low sodium beef stock
1 can green beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 c. chopped carrots
1 c. chopped celery
1/2 lb. pasta of choice (I used bow ties)
1 T. minced garlic
1 t. basil
salt/pepper

Place all ingredients in crock pot, except for pasta. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving add pasta to cook and stir every 15 minutes or so until pasta is al dente.


Tell me your favorite soup and share the recipe!
Oh, and I tried a Chocolate Mint Larabar last night after dinner....yuck! Not my favorite by any means. Has anyone else had this flavor? The mint had too much of a alcohol taste for me (which I usually like!) I think I'll stick to my favorite flavor so far - banana bread.

17 comments:

  1. I can't find the Larabar Jocalat, but I have the chocolate coconut and cocoa mole flavors of the standard Larabar. I'll let you know how they are. The mole one has chili powder in it.

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  2. One of my favorite soups is one I found at 101 Cookbooks. It's one of the first things I put on my blog and we've made it tons since. My BF's brother saw it on my blog and even asked me to make it for him! haha It's so yummy and filling! http://www.dinneratchristinas.com/2008/09/rustic-cabbage-soup.html

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  3. I loved this tortellini soup my mom made a few months back - I haven't made it myself, but it is a recipe I will try for sure. She said it was pretty easy. Your soup looks delicious and I am actually about to go heat up some soup from a can - not as exciting.

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  4. Lindsey...I think this soup I made today would be good with tortellini in it, instead of just the plain pasta. Might have to try it!

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  5. I love Hungarian Mushroom http://heywhatsfordinnermom.blogspot.com/2009/11/hungarian-mushroom-soup-re-gifters-gift.html so good on a cold nasty day. My littlest boy declares he hates mushrooms but he will eat this!

    Always on the look out for a good crockpot recipe!

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  6. I like the Jocalat bars.. but out of all the Larabars my favorite is Cashew Chew.. holy yum!

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  7. Gelareh...I'm glad you like the Jocalat bars...I will say I like the German Chocolate one, but not this Chocolate Mint one. And usually I like mint! Who knows...

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  8. How exciting to meet another Iowa food blogger, yeah!!! I'm so excited to start following you. I think it's about time we set up an Iowa food bloggers event ;D

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  9. Ally do you have the cheese tortellini/chicken sauage soup recipe I gave you? Cause that one is good to!

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  10. Diana - so excited to follow your blog as well! I am SO for an Iowan food blogger event...hmm...what could we do?

    Jana - that soup recipe isn't ringing a bell, could you send to me again? Sorry!

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  11. Have you tried the apple pie larabar? It's my favourite by far. I want to try the new PB&J flavour too.

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  12. Samantha...haven't had the applie pie kind, but have had the PB&J, pretty good:) Banana bread is still by far my fave!

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  13. Made the soup for the family! Thought it was pretty good just needed more spice. I think I took all the taste out of it by using low sodium ingredients through out. Next time I am going to use spicy v-8 and see what happens. I even ate all my green beans. I love veggies in things but to just eat a big pile of beans is YUCKO in my book!

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  14. Have you tried the apple pie larabar? It's my favourite by far. I want to try the new PB&J flavour too.

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  15. I like the Jocalat bars.. but out of all the Larabars my favorite is Cashew Chew.. holy yum!

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  16. I loved this tortellini soup my mom made a few months back - I haven't made it myself, but it is a recipe I will try for sure. She said it was pretty easy. Your soup looks delicious and I am actually about to go heat up some soup from a can - not as exciting.

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  17. I love Hungarian Mushroom http://heywhatsfordinnermom.blogspot.com/2009/11/hungarian-mushroom-soup-re-gifters-gift.html so good on a cold nasty day. My littlest boy declares he hates mushrooms but he will eat this!

    Always on the look out for a good crockpot recipe!

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