A hearty soup that is sure to warm you up on cold winter days. I actually came up with this soup the day it started snowing in Atlanta for Snowmageddon 2014! Thankfully I made over a gallon so we had leftovers as we were unable to leave our icey driveway (much less our icey street) for almost a week.
I add beef bones from grass-fed cows to most of my soups because they add extra minerals to the soup. If you don’t have any, that’s fine. But you can ask your butcher for some and keep them in your freezer until you’re ready to use them.
- 1 Tbsp oil
- small onion, diced
- 2 bell peppers, diced (I used some red, green, orange, and yellow)
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 zucchini, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 lb ground beef (grass-fed) or natural sausage
- 1-2 cans sliced mushrooms, undrained
- 1 quart chicken, beef or veggie broth
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 large beef bones (from grassfed cows – optional add-in)
- 1 can of beans of your choice – pinto/black/kidney beans (optional add-in – none were added in the above photo)
After dicing vegetables, add those to a large stock pot and saute in oil until onion is translucent and vegetables start to brown.
Add meat to the same pot and break up using large spoon or spatula. Brown meat until cooked through. Drain off some of the fat.
After this, add mushrooms, broth, tomatoes, bones, and beans.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer with lid on for 2 – 3 hours. Stir occasionally.
Retrieve bones and discard.
Serve as a complete meal or you can add some pre-cooked rice to your soup bowl before adding the veggie beef soup.
Note: You could also do this in the crockpot. First, saute onions and garlic in oil on stove until translucent and starting to brown. Next, brown meat in the same pot and drain some of the fat. Spray crockpot with cooking spray to make clean-up easier. Add browned meat/onion mixture and rest of ingredients and stir. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Discard bones and serve.
Caitlin S Russell MS, RD, LD