You got a day? Good because when you have that day, this one is a must make. It is the process of making rich beef broth. Once you have the broth, use it how you would like, in my case I created my mom’s vegetable soup, however you could use it for the french onion soup as well. This recipe is extremely easy to make, however the only factor is time, and when I say time, I mean 8-12 hours. The broth literally takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and the rest of the time is letting it cook on the stove. Let’s get started.
- Large Soup Pot to hold everything listed below
- 2 Large Onions
- 4 Large Tomatoes
- Bag of Celery, cleaned and base removed
- 3 bulbs of garlic
- 1 bag of carrots, washed
- Beef bones
- Package of short ribs (I used boneless beef ribs as I wanted more meat)
- Red wine (optional)
Start by rinsing your tomatoes, carrots, and celery. In your large soup pot, add everything. You do not have to cut up anything, nor do you have to remove the skin from the onion or garlic. Fill the pot with water and put it on the stove on medium heat. Once the soup has came to a boil, put it on medium-low heat, covered, and let this simmer for eight hours or more. Once the broth has cooked, strain the meat and the vegetables. I used a large spoon strainer for this process, making sure to get the bone out of the meat. I let this cool outside as it is cold in Wisconsin right now. In the morning, I took the solidified fat and threw it out.
This creates your beef broth.
For the vegetable soup, I brought the broth to a rolling boil, and then brought it back to simmer. During this time, I added the following ingredients for the soup, and stemmed away from my mom’s recipe as she does like adding corn or potatoes.
- 1 Bag of frozen peas
- 1 cup of corn
- 2 potatoes (peeled and chopped)
- 1 large can of chopped tomatoes
- 1 large onion
- 1/2 pound of chopped, fresh green beans
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Add these ingredients and let cook for an hour or so. I left the soup pot on simmer all day and fed many people, including myself several times over. This is an excellent soup and could be eaten with some great crusty bread, by itself, or with the pepperoni rolls. Enjoy.