Doctor Up Plain Hearty Veggie Beef Soup Tips

With these few tips, you can turn a bland veggie soup into something hearty and tasty.  Here are some basics that will help get your veggie beef soup off to a good start.

  1. Start with sauteing chopped onion and minced garlic with butter in the bottom of the soup pot.  This will add a punch of flavor!
  2. Or you can cook onion and garlic with hamburger in a skillet to add to the soup later.
  3. You can use sausage for an even richer, fuller flavor.  A mixture of spicy sausage and hamburger make veggie beef soup spectacular!
  4. Use chicken, beef or vegetable broth for the soup base instead of water.
  5. Add V-8 juice.  Adding a bit of V-8 juice gives veggie beef soup a rich hearty flavor.
  6. Add a splash of red wine.  Gourmet cooks use wine in cooking because it adds flavor and complexity.  Veggie beef soup is the perfect dish for a splash of red wine!
  7. Add your uncooked harder vegetables first.  Chopped potatoes and carrots first, frozen corn, peas and green beans next, chopped spinach and chopped cabbage next.
  8. Frozen vegetables rather than canned vegetables make a better tasting soup.
  9. Herbs and spices to use with Veggie Beef Soup:  thyme, basil, bay leaf, salt, pepper

You can take any veggie beef soup recipe and alter it and doctor it up using these tips.  Veggie beef soup is a perfect home cooked meal on a cold winter night.  Serve with Foccocia bread or cornbread.

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