Friday, January 15, 2016

Slow Cooker Italian Beef and Vegetable Soup



Now that it is finally winter here in NY there is nothing better than a nice hearty bowl of soup. This soup is the ultimate comfort food for this chilly weather. Serve it alongside a chunk of crusty bread to dunk and you will want seconds.



So what makes it Italian beef soup? Quite a few things actually. For starters the tomatoes. Next you have Italian seasoning and a secret ingredient which is balsamic vinegar. Combine all that with vegetables and tender beef and you have the perfect slow cooked meal.


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Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 pounds sirloin steak, or beef stew meat cut into about 1" cubes
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
1 lb. yukon gold potatoes , diced and peeled
8 cups beef stock
2 bay leaves
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt, or more/less to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

Directions
In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add half the steak and cook, stirring frequently, until well browned, about 2 minutes. Remove the steak with a slotted spoon and transfer to the bowl of a large slow cooker.

Add the remaining steak to the pan and cook until browned, then transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, and stir to combine.

Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours until the steak and vegetables are all tender.  Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Remove the bay leaves when ready to serve.  Serve the soup warm, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
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6 comments :

  1. This looks really good! I would love to have you share this on my linky party -What's for Dinner!
    http://www.lazygastronome.com/whats-for-dinner-sunday-link-up-27/

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  2. I need some of this right now! It looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to Link Party Palooza!!!

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  3. Looks like a nice winter soup!

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  4. This is perfect for the chilly weather we are having! Can't wait to try it!

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  5. Love how hearty and delicious this sounds!! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday favorite Things blog hop :)

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  6. Your Slow Cooker Italian Beef Soup will be perfect for this cold winter day. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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