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Hearty Beef Soup

This quick-to-fix soup, sent in by Marcia Severson from Hallock, Minnesota, feeds 25 hungry tummies. The tender sirloin pieces and diced veggies offer satisfying appeal. Marcia Severson, Hallock, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    32 servings (8 quarts)


  • 4 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 quarts hot water
  • 4 cups sliced carrots
  • 4 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 8 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 cups tomato juice


  • In two Dutch ovens, brown beef and onions in butter in batches; drain. Add the water, vegetables and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add tomato juice; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until the beef and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 123 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 428mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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  • Julie
    Oct 28, 2019

    I halved the recipe and used 3 small cans of Spicy V8 instead of tomato juice because that is all I had. Very good!

  • Charles
    Jan 3, 2017

    Recipe turned out to be amazing. I did exclude the potatoes and cabbage and replaced them with egg noodles and a higher amounts of onions, carrots and celery. I also used 3 cups of tomato juice instead of 6.. Just out of personal preference. Good stuff!

  • wvuosu
    Jan 21, 2012

    My son, who hates vegetables of any kind, picked this soup one night. I made it and the whole family LOVED it. What an amazing way to fix vegetables!

  • angelasandoval
    Nov 8, 2011

    The only substitution I made was tomato sauce + water in place of tomato juice. The soup was tasty, but we like our beef cooked until it's tender. Next time I'll simmer the meat for a time before adding the veggies.

  • BrightIdeas
    Sep 16, 2011

    I have made this recipe several times! My husband doesn't care for soup, but he loves this one! If I'm not making for a group, I'm freezing in our family size portions and lunch bowls that I can grab on the way to work.