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Easy Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe (Semi-Homemade)

This Easy Vegetable Beef Soup recipe is nutritious and delicious. It can be put together and on the table in a jiffy or cooked all day in a crockpot.

This recipe has been updated to improve the readers, experience. No changes were made to the recipe.

A side angle view of a bowl of stew filled with big chunks of beef and vegetables in a gray bowl over a woven placemat. A gold napkin and a bouquet of fresh herbs sit off to the side.

This Beef and vegetable soup recipe uses convenience ingredients like diced stew meat and frozen vegetables to take the extra work out of a good pot of soup without sacrificing flavor. And, like our slow cooker caldereta and our lamb and vegetable soup, it keeps you satisfied for hours.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy Comfort Food. Vegetable Beef Soup recipe is easy to put together when you’re craving a homemade warm bowl of soup but don’t feel like cooking it all day.

Convenient. Our Easy Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe is one of those recipes that can cook low and slow in a slow cooker when you’ve got other things to do.

Can be fast too. I decided we were going to have Vegetable Beef soup for lunch. It was going to be delicious and done in a jiffy. Soup doesn’t have to cook all day to be delicious. This soup proves it!

Versatile. If you don’t love one of the vegetables in this soup, swap it out! If you have fresh vegetables on hand that need to be used up, use those instead of frozen ones. You can make so many easy changes to this recipe to customize it to fit your family. It’s very forgiving.

A side angle view of a partial view of a bowl of stew filled with big chunks of beef and vegetables in a gray bowl over a woven placemat. A gold napkin and a bouquet of fresh herbs sit off to the side.

Equipment Needed

  • Dutch oven. You’ll need a 4-5 quart pan to make this soup. It can be a dutch oven or a stock pot.
  • Ladle. That’s it! No fancy equipment is needed for this recipe.

Ingredients for Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

  • Stew meat. You can purchase stew meat already cut up and ready, or you can cut up a small roast or steak.
  • Stew Vegetables. We purchased frozen for this soup which is a time saver. If you want to use fresh, that’s certainly going to work.
  • Beef Stock. Use the low-sodium version.
  • Garlic. We always keep fresh garlic available for mincing and it does add beautiful flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. This classic sauce adds umami to the soup.
  • Salt and Pepper. To taste.
  • Fresh or Dried Herbs. We used rosemary thyme, parsley, and marjoram.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For sautéing.

We could eat this soup every day. It’s delicious and can be changed according to your tastes.

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

How to make Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

Step One. Sauté the meat for a quick vegetable beef soup.

Add olive oil to a pot large enough to hold ingredients, 4 to 5 quarts. Salt and pepper stew meat and brown it on all sides.

Step Two. Fill the soup pot and let it simmer.

Add all of the remaining ingredients and cook the soup until everything is heated through. If you’re using fresh vegetables, precook them separately until they begin to soften. Then add them to the meat and broth. If you aren’t in a hurry you can let the soup simmer for about twenty-thirty minutes with fresh or frozen veggies.

Alternative Way to Make Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

You could also just dump everything into a crockpot and cook it while you’re gone or busy with something else.

A side angle view of a partial view of a bowl of stew filled with big chunks of beef and vegetables in a gray bowl over a woven placemat. A gold napkin and a bouquet of fresh herbs sit off to the side.

What To Serve With Your Vegetable Beef Soup

This soup is fantastic with nice crusty bread from the bakery or homemade, freshly made cornbread or homemade soft potato bread. It also works nicely with your favorite salad.

Substitutions – Additions – Variations

We used frozen stew vegetables. Here are some other things you could include:

  • Butternut Squash
  • Lentils
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Fresh Spring Peas
  • Dried Split Peas
  • Barley
  • Use cooked ground beef or another protein.
  • Leftover meat from another meal works great.

How To Reheat & Store Quick Vegetable Beef Soup

Best Way To Store Easy Beef Vegetable Soup

Keep your cooked leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two days.

Can I Freeze/Thaw Beef and Vegetable Soup

Yes. Freeze in individual airtight containers for quick and easy thawing in the microwave at work or school. Freeze the entire soup in a large container to reheat it on the cooktop in a stock pot. It will keep for up to three months.

How To Reheat Easy Beef Vegetable Soup

The easiest way to reheat soup is in the microwave. Stir frequently to prevent pockets of intense heat from forming. Add additional broth or water if needed.

You can also reheat the soup quickly on the cooktop in a saucepan. Reheat only what you need because once it is reheated it should not be stored again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make soup taste better?

Spices and fresh herbs will definitely improve the flavor of your soup. Sometimes, age also improves the flavor of a soup like this.

Why you shouldn’t boil this Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe?

Boiling breaks down the fat and proteins causing the stock to become cloudy. Simmering keeps the stock clearer and will keep the proteins and fats from separating.

How do you thicken beef vegetable soup?

Dissolve 2 tbsp of any flour into 1⁄2 cup of water and pour it into the soup. Note that the soup will not begin to thicken until it comes back to a simmer.

Tips to Make the Perfect Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

  • Don’t crowd the meat when browning.
  • If you’ve got the time, cover the meat with the stock and let it cook for 20 minutes before adding the vegetables so the meat is tender.
  • When buying stew meat check the price. It’s often more economic to buy a chuck roast and cube it up yourself.
  • Trim the meat of large pieces of fat but some marbling adds flavor and assures that the meat will be tender.

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

A bowl of food Vegetable Beef Soup full of carrots, potatoes, and chunks of beef in a dark gray bowl over a wooden placemat. Fresh herbs sit next to the bowl and a gold napkin sits in the background.

Easy Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

Author: Hostess At Heart
Easy Vegetable Beef Soup recipe is nutritious and delicious. It can be put together and on the table in no time at all and is the perfect meal after a long or busy day.
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword: Easy Vegetable Beef Soup
Servings: 6


  • 1 lb stew meat
  • 2 packages frozen stew vegetables
  • 2 quarts beef stock I used one salted and one unsalted
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh or dried herbs (I used rosemary thyme, parsley and marjoram
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin


  • Add olive oil to a pot large enough to hold ingredients, 4 to 5 quart. Salt and pepper stew meat and brown on all sides.
  • Add all remaining ingredients if you are using frozen stew vegetables. If you're using fresh, precook them separately until they begin to soften.
  • Cook until ingredients are heated all the way through, or allow to simmer.
  • Refrigerate any unused portions.


Soup can be cooked in a crockpot.


Serving: 6gCalories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 23gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 764mgPotassium: 887mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Saturday 19th of November 2022

How do the instructions differ if you're using a crock pot? Time and temp.... do you precook the beef?

Julie Menghini

Monday 21st of November 2022

No, Rose. I would put everything in raw and let it cook on high for 6 hours or 3 on low. I don't precook the beef.


Tuesday 26th of May 2020

We let this one simmer on the stove top. Love the smell during the day and then get to taste it for supper,

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Tuesday 8th of November 2016

What a wonderful looking soup. God I wish I could have some for dinner tonight!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Thank you Liz! It's hard looking at all of these amazing recipes and then it's like what's for dinner?


Tuesday 8th of November 2016

This is perfect for for cooler days and it's so easy to make. Now I need to have a soup.... :-)

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Thank you Ana! I was just thinking of you when I remembered to download Robin Roberts podcast.

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