Earlier in the week we got our very first cold snap of the season. Finally us Texans get a bit of the cold winter weather. We got down to the 30's so it was definitely soup weather. There is nothing more comforting on a cold winter day than a hot bowl of homemade soup and bread. My kids are not crazy about soup unless its tomato or chicken noodle, but my husband and I love it.
This recipe is very versatile you can use beef or ground beef its really up to you. The veggies can be anything you have on hand, it is vegetable soup. I served this soup with a fresh loaf of Homemade Beer Bread. I have also posted that the recipe for that. Isn't it about time you enjoy a good bowl of homemade soup.
Vegetable Beef Soup
1 1/2 - 2 lbs stew meat, chuck eye, or hamburger
salt and pepper to taste
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Paula Deens house seasoning
1/8 t seasoning salt/Lawry's
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
4 - 5 Cups hot water
1 - 14 oz can beef broth
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce , Country Bobs sauce or Kitchen Boutique
2-3 celery sticks chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 - 16oz Bag Frozen Mixed Vegetables
1 - 15 oz can diced tomatoes
4-5 Potatoes Diced
Brown meat in a bit of oil if using beef then drain. If you are using hamburger just brown and drain the meat. add to the crock pot. Then add water, tomatoes, broth, spices, onion soup and sauces. I let the meat cook for about 2 hours then add all the vegetables and cook on low for about 6 hours. Remove bay leaf and serve. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if you wish.