How My Mom Makes the Best Beef Vegetable Soup

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A step-by-step guide to making Oma’s soup

Big bowl of beef vegetable soup

My mom’s soup is legendary. Everyone in the family knows that “Tante Betsie” makes the yummiest soup around.

I never inherited Mom’s love of cooking. I don’t mind it, but if I don’t have to cook, I won’t.

But on the odd occasion, like when I’m on holiday and have extra free time, I like to make a pot.

So I asked my mom to give me specific directions.

Of course, she didn’t follow a recipe. So I asked her to come to my house and make some soup while I recorded it and took pictures and videos. I can make her soup anytime I’m in the mood!

And now you can too.


Soup noodles

My mom prefers the Bechtle brand of Traditional German Egg Pasta soup noodles


  • 1/4 cup of chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup of celery (include leaves)
  • 1 cooking onion
  • 1 carrot
1 cup of diced celery, including the leaves
1 chopped cooking onion
1 large diced carrot


1 pkg Knorr Minestrone Soup

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 pkg vleesbouillon

1 vleesbouillon t-bag. These come from Holland but any specialty store with Dutch foodstuff should have them.


  • 1 pound of lean hamburger makes enough meatballs for 2 soups (freeze what’s leftover if you’re only making one batch)
    * 1 egg
    * 2 tbsp bread crumbs
    * 2 tbsp Montreal Steak spice
    * 1/2 tbsp nutmeg
    * 1/2 tbsp ground pepper
    * 1/2 tbsp sea salt




  • Fill a pot with COLD water and add meatballs and spices.
  • Turn on high to bring to boil but don’t let boil over. Then turn to simmer.
  • Add vegetables; ensure they are submerged to cook.
  • When veggies are cooked, turn the stove off.
  • Add 2 handsful of noodles.

And there you have it! Delicious and nutritious soup.

Whenever the family visited, they were guaranteed to be offered a bowl. And no one could refuse.

Once you taste it yourself, you’ll understand why.

Smakelijk eten! Bon appetit. Enjoy!

Check out these other soup recipes by my mom:

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tomato Soup

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