A thick and hearty vegetable beef soup

This soup is almost thick enough to be called a stew. It is great on a cold day or after skiing.


(20 cups)


  1. In a large heavy pot, bring 12 cups of water to boil.
  2. Add beef bones, cover and bring back to full boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low simmer. Skim occasionally during first 30 minutes to remove scum. Cook for 3-4 hours until meat is tender and nearly falls off of bones.
  4. Remove bones from broth. Remove all meat and marrow from bones and return to the pot.
  5. Add tomatoes (including juice) onion, and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove tomatoes, break up into quarters or smaller, and return to the pot. Continue to simmer during next step.
  7. Clean green beans and break into pieces. Clean carrots and slice into thin slices. Slice kernels from ear of corn. Shell peas. Add vegetables to pot. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve.


I prefer beef neck or shank bones over what markets call "soup bones" which are nearly devoid of meat. Individual-serving size cans of green beans, corn and green peas may be substituted if fresh vegetables are not available. These are the basic vegetables I use, but I have also added mustard greens, chinese cabbage, zucchini and yellow squash (add just 5 minutes before serving or they become mush) turnips and any other fall/winter vegetables that look good in the market. Serve with cornbread, sourdough or another strong flavored bread. This soup improves with age.


Difficulty: easy to moderate.
Time: Several hours of intermittent attention.
Precision: approximate measurement OK.


Pamela McGarvey 
UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Los Angeles, California, USA 
Recipe last modified: 10 Nov 86

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