Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hearty Beef and Potato Soup

This is a hearty autumn and winter soup that will warm your family from the inside out. This beef and potato soup is richly flavored, nutritious but it is also light on calories. I prepared a large pot of this and freeze some of it up so we can have a warm bowl of soup anytime we want it.


1 pound beef (stew meat) – cut into small cubes
3 carrots – cut into small cubes
3 stalk celery – cut into small cubes
3 potatoes – peel and cut into cubes
1 large onion – finely chopped
2 cloves garlic – chopped
2 bay leaves
1 can of 14 oz chopped tomato
½ cup elbow pasta
6 cups low sodium beef stock
Enough water
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large pot, heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the beef, cook and stirring frequently until well brown. Remove the beef with a slotted spoon and set it aside (you might need to do this in two batch)
2. Add in another tbsp of olive oil if needed; add in onion, garlic, stirring occasionally until translucent. This will take 5 minutes. Add in celery, carrot and stir well. Add in some beef stock. Bring to boil, scraping the bottom of the pot to dislodge any brown Add in the rest of the stock, browned beef, bay leaves, chopped tomatoes and enough water to cover all the ingredients.
3. Bring it up to boil, lower down the heat and let it simmer for 25 minutes. Add in the potatoes and continue to cook, stir occasionally until beef and potatoes are tender. Put in the elbow pasta and add in more water if needed.

Note: You can replace the beef with chicken meat.


3 hungry tummies said...

A very hearty dish indeed! Love the little soup pots!

Shereen said...

My kind of the freezing part.I too often cook this type of stew but I don't usually put in pasta.Will remember to add some next time.

ann low said...

I love this kind of soup, very comforting and delicious.

Unknown said...

Those little square bowls are fab! Where did you get them?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I like to cook similar soup with elbow too but usually I add chicken but not beef, yours look comfort and good

Pei-Lin said...

Soups, stews, congee, tong sui (served warm), curries are among my faves during the FREEZING Minnesota winter. (Applicable to fall, too.)

Ya know what, my habit of freezing stuff, which I picked up from my Mat Salleh friends and family, still continues today even in KL. LOL! The people around me think I'm gila! HAHAHA! Well, it serves a full-time working lady well! I have home cooking and baking every day at work as I don't quite like eating out a lot. =)

Jeannie said...

That looks good! Love your little storing pots too! Such pretty colors!

busygran said...

Great soup! So convenient to freeze some and have it anytime.

Anonymous said...

I like to jazz it up with a biscuit topping on it and bake it to have a nice bread crust to eat along with the soup.


Noob Cook said...

It looks really comfort food and hearty indeed. great idea to freeze the leftovers ;)

Cheah said...

Nice nutritious soup and great cute looking pots!

Elin Chia said...

Gert, this is truly nutrituous and a great idea to freeze them so that anytime you can have a bowl of hot hearty soup :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hearty indeed! Love your soup pots too!

mycookinghut said...

A very hearty dish! Perfect for this time of the year!!

Cooking Gallery said...

The soup looks great. I've always found soups with macaroni appealing :)!

ICook4Fun said...

3 hungry tummies, thank you.

Shereen, putting pasta in makes it heartier :)

Anncoo, yes indeed.

Catt231, from HomeGoods.

Sonia, I do add chicken to it sometimes.

Pei-lin, yea people in Malaysia don't normally freeze their food or keep leftovers. Same goes with my family too :)

Jeannie, thank you.

Busygran, yes I like doing that for winter.

Linda, that sounds more like stew to me :)

ICook4Fun said...

Noobcook, I normally cook a bit batch and freeze it.

Cheah, thank you.

Elin, yes all I have to do it warm it up.

LCOM, thanks.

Leemei, yes.

Cooking Gallery, add a little bit more heartiness to it :)

Julie said...

Sounds like a fabulous soup! I'm loving those little bowls, too :)

Lilyn said...

Came across this recipe n would like to try cooking it. Do I need to cook the pasta before adding it into...
Also, for how long can I keep it in the freezer?
Thanks a lot n God Bless

ICook4Fun said...

Lyn, no you don't have to cook the pasta first. I kept my soup over 3 in the freezer over 3 months.