Beef and Vegetable Soup (Cheap and yummy)
Joint of beef (we use the 3 joints for £10 from our local market)
Half pieces of swede
About 5-6 carrots
2-3 beef stock cubes
1 vegetable stock cube
Boiling water about a kettle full
Salt and pepper to season
Some fresh crusty bread to serve (we sometimes make our own)
- Place beef joint in the slow cooker removing any fat from the outside of the joint
- Add vegetables
- Add stock cubes and seasoning
- Add boiling water filling the slow cooker to about 1cm from the top (there will be some fluid in the vegetable as they cook and juice from the meat.
- Cook on high for between 4-6 hours (depends on your slow cooker and if you needed you could always do it on the auto setting for a little longer if out working its a dish you can just leave to cook on low)
- Once cooked remove the beef from the slow cooker and place to one side
- Filter some of the fat from the meat if there is any using a spoon and take it from the top (you can usually see it settling on the top like oil)
- Once you are happy you have removed the oil then take a hand blender and blend away till you have a smooth creamy soup
- Shred the beef in a separate bowl
- Serve the soup in bowls and sprinkle the shredded beef over the top along with some fresh crusty bread
You can also use frozen casserole veg if you don’t have fresh or a mixture of both, it depends entirely what you have in the fridge
We use a 3.5L slow cooker and this makes enough soup to feed all 6 of us and freeze 2 portions for Kaitlin and jack another day (great to just pull out and heat up when in a rush)
When choosing a joint of beef it doesn’t have to be the best you can buy because we have found that the cheaper the cut you buy it has more flavour and because you are slow cooking the meat it just falls apart when you pull out, so don’t think you have to buy the expensive cuts just get what meat you can afford.
If you buy fresh vegetable and don’t use them all Carrots Swede and Leeks freeze really well so you can chop them and place in a freezer bag for another day.
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