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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crock Pot Style Vegetable Beef Soup

A Very Good Full Flavored Vegetable Soup if you leave out the Meat or Beef it up and Enjoy with your favorite Cheese topping or in A bread Bowl or French Bread for this Meal.

You'll need:
1 1/2 lb cubed beef, bite size cubes(If you want Vegetarian leave out any Meat)
olive oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
2 ribs celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
10-12 oz frozen mixed vegetables, unthawed
2 [14.5] oz can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes
1 [14.5] oz can pinto/lima/great northern beans [your preference]
1 container beef stock(I like low salt if possible)
4-5 cups water
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
5 medium russet potatoes, 1" cubes
2 Tbsp Raw Sugar or Honey
1 tsp seasoned salt [more or less to your taste I make My own]
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dry Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves

About 30 minutes before Serving: Optional if you like it thick
2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
4 Tbsp tomato paste to thicken

How to Make it:
In  a skillet on the stove top, brown the stew beef in a couple of drizzles of olive oil.  Season with seasoned salt and black pepper to your taste.  Add the diced onion, bell pepper and celery.  Saute until softened and beginning to brown.  Add the garlic.  Remove from the stove top and arrange in the slow cooker.
Cook on High 6 Hours or Low 8-10
30 Minutes before You Serve add the 2 tbsp chopped parsley and tomato paste to thicken if you desire.

Serve with Crackers or Sprinkle cheese on each Bowl
I sometime Use Bread Bowls for this soup or French Bread Slices. So Many Ways to Enjoy!

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