Recipe Grandmas Beef and Vegetable soup ~ with a twist

09/09/2011 2:00 pm · 4 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Grandmas Beef and Vegetable soup ~ with a twist

Growing up I was very blessed to live within 2 miles of both sets of my Grandparents.  I was taught many things by them, being frugal was one and second my love of cooking which stemmed from watching my Grandma Callahan cook as a little girl.  Crazy thing is she didn’t make anything fancy, but everything she made tasted wonderful to me.  Every Christmas she would have a pot of her Beef and Vegetable soup simmering on the stove, to warm us up on a cold winter night.

Once I was old enough to cook myself I asked her to show  me how to make some of her classic dishes.  She does everything “old school”, she made her beef broth from a soup bone and could turn the toughest cut of meat into fall apart tenderness.  I do not follow her recipes 100% ( as I use store broth,  since I don’t use a soup bone and there is no meat in mine and I added broccoli)  But the basic recipe is hers and it taste like hers for the most part.

Well this week I have been fighting an awful sore throat and all I wanted was some of Grandmas Delicious soup to make me feel better.  So it was time to get the soup pot out and make up a batch.

First rule Grandma did not measure anything… you just add things till they look right

This time I added

  • 4 tomatoes peeled then chopped
  • 5 small potatoes cubed
  • 1 large onion diced super fine
  • 1/2 cup chopped cabbage (this is a must, it is her secret)
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped
  •  1 cup broccoli chopped ( honestly I would leave this out next time, better without it)
  •  1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 cans Beef Broth canned or make your own….. But I used Better than Bouillon
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt and Pepper

First chop onion and add to soup pot with oil, cook the onions till they start to turn translucent.  Then add the rest of the chopped vegetables to the pot.

Also add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and beef broth.

Add enough water so the vegetables are covered with liquid (normally only 1-2 extra cans of water.)

Put a lid on, bring to a boil then turn down to LOW and let simmer on the stove top all day.  I cook mine about 5 hours…. all the flavors blend and turn into a very tasty soup…. Just like Grandma use to make.  Salt and pepper to taste before serving.

My Grandma will be 88 years old next month, and I am so blessed to have her part of my life!

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Jessica R
Jessica R

I was wondering if the recipes have a way of printing them without the pictures. I usually copy and paste but a few times I have left out a step. Just wondering if I'm missing something. Lol. Thanx I love your blog and follow everyday!!

Janell Poulette
Janell Poulette

My grandma taught me how to make spaghetti sauce and meatball. She also taught me how to make a wonderful roast beef dinner with yorkshire pudding and pan gravy. It's the best meal I make! I remember her teaching me to rinse my potato cubes in water before I boil them and to boil corn on the cob with a little sugar and milk. I do miss her a lot! She was so wise!


I didn't know anywhere else to post this, but I LOVE the new picture of you and Matt!!! It looks like he's lost weight, too. I'm not trying to be rude when I say that. I hope he will take that as a compliment, that's what it is meant to be. If he would like to share his secret, I would gladly read the post. Hint hint.


That looks like one delicious recipe. I have to admit that I am jealous you still have your Grandma though. I miss mine every day of my life. She was everything to me. I hear you about being 'old school', too. My Nanny (grandma) used to do the same thing. Beef bones to make stock (which I do to this day) & never measured a lick. Yet everything she made was wonderful. Always treasure your Grandma & let her know how much you love her every day.

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