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.

Ingredients

Soup noodles

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

Vegetables

  • 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

Spices

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.

Meatballs

  • 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

 


Directions

 

  • 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!

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