Tonight’s Soup du Jour was Vegetable Beef.

Soup.  Again.  I swear it’s all I’ve been eating.  I still have this #@%$& cold and it’s driving me crazy.

I am so not amused.

Granted, I’m feeling much better and only hacking now and again, but my appetite is just not where it should be.

Actually…  let me rephrase that…  My appetite is exactly where it should be.  It’s just not where it normally is.  And I don’t seem to be losing any weight, either.

Life is so unfair sometimes…

The soup came out really good, though.  This was a bit of a take on my mom’s way of making soup years ago.  She would use water and bouillon cubes.  I use packaged broth.

Vegetable Beef Soup

  • 1 lb beef in small cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups coffee
  • 2 qts beef broth
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cups assorted frozen vegetables
  • 1 tsp herbs d’Provence
  • salt and pepper, to taste.

Brown beef in a small amount of olive oil.  Add onion and garlic, then carrots and celery.  Cook a bit, then add the coffee, then the broth.

Let everything simmer a bit then add the remaining vegetables.

Add herbs, salt and pepper, to taste.

Continue simmering until potatoes are done.

Really simple, really basic, and really good.

We just got our latest edition of La Cucina Italiana.  I think Victor is heading back to the kitchen soon!

And not too soon.  I am getting tired of soup!