In the pre-kid days, I used to make this easy vegetable beef soup for my husband and I with canned tomato soup, veggies and frozen beef crumbles. It was incredibly simple and a nice, fast weeknight recipe. But, because of the HFCS, I don't use canned tomato soup for meals the kids are going to eat. So, I crafted this new version using diced tomatoes and Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Broth. I also wanted to try out dry TVP, which I haven't cooked with in about a decade. I'm excited to try it again since my tastes have changed since those ramen noodle-filled days.
Vegetable Beef Soup
- olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 cups diced tomatoes, with juice
- 2 cups Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Broth
- 6 new potatoes, quartered
- 2 cups frozen vegetables, thawed (corn, peas, carrots and green beans)
- 1/2 cup TVP granules (OR 1 cup Lentil and Rice Ground Beef Substitute)
- 1 cup spinach, chopped
- House seasoning (or salt and pepper) to taste
Saute onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil in a medium soup pot until tender. Add tomatoes, broth, potatoes and vegetables. Bring to a boil. Add TVP and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve.
Oooh this is so much better than using the canned tomato soup base. And I really liked how the TVP turned out. It doesn't seem to have its own flavor, instead adding a bit of toothiness (and much needed protein) to the dish. Goose and I really enjoyed it.Bug picked all her veggies out and ate them, leaving the potatoes and broth in her bowl. I'll take that as a win since she has an inexplicable dislike of potatoes.
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