Aunt Mary's Vegetable Soup

A simple, beloved recipe passed down from my Great Aunt Mary, who had no daughters of her own, to my mom, then passed on to me.

Ingredients

  1. 2 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey (I use 1lb of each)
  2. 4 medium carrots – cut to 1/4 quot slice
  3. 3 ribs celery – cut to 1/4 quot slice
  4. 1/2 large onion – cut to 1/4 quot dice
  5. 5 medium potatoes – peeled and cut to 1/2 quot dice
  6. 1 unsalted beef broth – just enough to cover veggies to cook
  7. 1 large can vegetable juice (such as V8)
  8. 1 large can whole tomatoes – undrained crushed (preferably by hand)
  9. 2/3 cup frozen peas
  10. 1 can low sodium green beans – undrained
  11. 1 can corn – drained
  12. 1 salt pepper garlic and onion powders to taste
  13. 1 cube beef bullion or 1 tsp bullion granules (optional)
  14. 1 small head of cabbage – cut to bite size pieces (optional)
  15. 1/2 cup frozen lima beans (optional)
  16. 1/2 tsp granulated sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat Add beef/turkey Crumble to large chunks and brown until no pink remains and juices look clear Season with salt pepper garlic and onion powders to personal taste as it cooks Drain in colander do not rinse and set aside
  2. Return pot to heat Add carrots celery and onion to pot Then add enough beef broth to cover veggies by about 1/2 Add a good pinch of salt and pepper Bring to a boil reduce heat cover and simmer until veggies are just fork tender About 10 – 15 minutes
  3. Add potatoes and optional lima beans Continue to simmer until potatoes are fork tender About 10 minutes more
  4. Add vegetable juice tomatoes with juices (I crush each by hand as I add) frozen peas green beans corn and browned meat Also add cabbage here if desired Taste and adjust seasoning as desired (Add optional sugar here to balance tomato acidity if desired) Simmer 20 minutes more to heat through and blend flavors
  5. Serve with a side of crusty bread or cornbread and enjoy! I recommend my super easy honey butter cornbread ) Super Easy Honey Butter Cornbread
  6. NOTE: This recipe freezes well to save for later! If you plan to freeze do NOT add cabbage Cabbage does not freeze well Lol

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