Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Northwest Beef and Vegetable Soup

Now that it is chilly everyone has been enjoying a filling bowl of soup.  I love homemade soup and this recipe is a winner because you can keep it in the crock pot and serve from it all day after it has finished cooking. 
The recipe is adapted from the Crock Pot Diet Slow Cooker recipe book, so it is healthy too.

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound lean stew beef, trimmed and cut into cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
31/2 cups of canned crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 can ( 15 ounces) no-salt added white beans, rinsed and drained
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon of dried celery flakes
1 teaspoon of dried basil
11/2 teaspoon salt
7 cups of water

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot.  Brown beef on all sides, turning as it browns.  add onion and garlic during last few minutes of browning.  Transfer to slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker.  Gently stir well to combine.  Cover and cook on HIGH 2 hours.  Turn slow cooker to LOW.  Cook on LOW 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.  Adjust seasonings to taste.
Makes 7-8 servings

See this bowl of soup in front of my...yes...that is my Christmas tree!  It is almost finished being decorated but, we will see if it makes it on the blog.  Last year's tree never made it, the lights kept blowing out.  This year's tree is set up in the "busy( small children)" area, so it might just be fun to see what happens to it!  That is the attitude to have for Christmas right.  Enjoy it, but don't take the decorations so seriously that you can't have them "roughed up" a little by the little people that enjoy it the most.
I will link this to:
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style 


Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

Soup looks perfect for the chilly weather. I can't believe you have your tree up already! Just like my brother-in-law and his wife, they put theirs up right after Halloween!

martinealison said...

Hummm! Avec le froid qui commence à s'installer cette soupe est la bienvenue ! Elle me semble succulente.
Gros bisous

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

MMMmmm! I love a good bowl of beef vegetable soup! Your recipe sounds great & I'm sure gonna try it. Thanks for sharing a great warming food idea with us.

Blessings, Edie Marie

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Perfect Fall / Winter food and it makes me crave biscuits too :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Doesn't this look delicious!



Betty W said...

This sounds and looks good. I will save the recipe. I am hoping someone gets me a crock pot for christmas this year.

Danielle Giannandrea said...

This soup looks delicious! And I can't even tell you how much I love crock pot recipes! Espcially soups. I am definitely going to make this soon. It looks tasty and delicious and how perfect for the season! YUM! ♥

I totally agree with you about Christmas decorations. Have fun and don't take them too seriously. Our little ones are what it's all about ♥

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your soup looks good and hearty, Sherry. I'm eating home made turkey soup today. I made it yesterday and boy, is it a lot of work!
Love the sparkle behind your soup bowl! Thanks for sharing at my HOME and have a wonderful long weekend.


Rattlebridge Farm said...

Your soup is just what we need this weekend. I love the glowing Christmas lights behind the bowl. Fingers crossed that the bulbs work perfectly!!

Britni Vigil said...

Cold weather definitely equals soup in our household and this ones looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.