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Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup


This old fashioned vegetable beef soup recipe is made with beef shanks, tomatoes, and a variety of vegetables. Use barley or rice in this soup.


  • 3 to 4 lbs beef shanks
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings -- or other fat
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion -- chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomatoes, diced
  • 6 sprigs parsley
  • 5 carrots -- sliced
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cut
  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup rice or barley


Brown meat in drippings. Pour off excess fat. Cover with water; bring to the boil. Add salt and onion; simmer 2 hours. Add vegetables and rice. Simmer for about 1 hour longer. Remove meat from bone; add back to soup.

Serves 8 to 10.

Serve this soup with purchased or homemade biscuits or rolls.

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