|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||26%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 13mg||64%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This old-fashioned vegetable beef soup is a flavorful and satisfying dish that will feed a large number of people, make great leftovers (if you have some), and freeze beautifully to have soup ready at any time. The combination of beef, vegetables, rice, and potatoes, cooked with a little fatty and smokey bacon drippings, makes this beef soup a little special, and the perfect comfort food on a cold night.
Filled with onions, carrots, green beans, potatoes, and rice, the recipe can easily be adapted to your liking, substituting other vegetables or replacing some amounts with family favorites. Serve this dish with biscuits or crusty bread on the side and a good amount of grated Parmesan cheese on top.
2 tablespoons bacon drippings, or vegetable oil
4 pounds beef shanks
2 quarts cold water
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1 small onion, chopped
5 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/2 pound fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound red potatoes
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup long grain rice
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the bacon drippings or oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat.
Add the beef shanks and cook, turning, until well browned on all sides.
Cover the beef with the water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Add the salt, pepper, and onions to the beef pot. Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
Add the carrots, string beans, potatoes, celery, tomatoes, and rice into the beef-and-onion mixture. Cover the pot and simmer for about 1 more hour.
Remove the bones from the soup and pull off all the meat. Discard the bones, dice the meat, and add it back to the soup.
Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings, as needed. Stir in the parsley.
Serve hot and enjoy.
How to Store the Soup
This soup keeps well for a few days and is a great dish to freeze:
- Store the soup in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- Freeze it for up to two months in individual containers.
- If you know you will be freezing the soup, cook the vegetables until just tender. They'll be less likely to fall apart on reheating. Make sure the soup is completely cooled before you freeze it.
Beef shanks, also called soup bones, add excellent flavor to soups and stews and are also the irreplaceable base for making beef stock. Beef shanks usually offer a generous amount of meat and add texture to vegetable soups like this one. If the bones you're using seem to be low on meat, add a pound of diced beef chuck or round and sear it along with the beef shanks.
- Use pearled barley instead of rice.
- Feel free to swap out or add other vegetables like parsnips, rutabaga, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn, or leafy greens like kale or spinach.
- You can use store-bought beef stock instead of water, just be sure to buy unsalted or low-sodium, and taste the soup before you add any additional salt.