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Grandma's Beef and Vegetable Soup

Grandma's Beef and Vegetable Soup is pure comfort food. Made with beef stew meat and a variety of veggies, you're going to love it. But don't forget Grandma's secret to an easy soup - using Spicy V8 juice for extra flavor!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 13 mins
Total Time 1 hr 23 mins
Course Beef, Entree, Soup and Stew
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 279 kcal


  • 1 ¼ lbs beef cubes see notes below for alternatives
  • 2 cups potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup green beans frozen or canned, see notes below
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen or canned, see notes below
  • 1 cup peas frozen or canned, see notes below
  • 24 oz V8 spicy vegetable juice
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil for searing


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef cubes and sear on all sides. Transfer beef cubes to a large stock pot.
  • Add carrots and onions to the skillet, with a splash of beef broth and cook for 5 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits. Transfer to the stock pot.
  • Add the potatoes, green beans and corn, followed by the V8 vegetable juice, beef broth and seasonings. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add in the peas and cook for 3 minutes more.
  • Divide soup into bowls, season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with buttered bread or crackers.


Substitutions: cut up a chuck roast instead of purchasing beef cubes. If using canned veggies, you'll need the 8 oz cans, preferably in the no-salt-added variety, if you can find it. Regular V8 (not spicy) can be used or replace it with 2 cans of condensed tomato soup and add in 1 additional cup of beef broth. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 27gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 858mgPotassium: 1091mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 4654IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 4mg

Recipes on Cookaholic Wife are for information purposes only. Nutritional Data provided has not been evaluated by a nutritionist.

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