It’s fall y’all! Well, not really but it is September, the month of my birth, the month that fall will begin, and the time when all things tend to get busy for me as a teacher, volleyball mom, cabinetmaker’s wife. I talk often about putting veggies away for winter and #preppingforwinter, and I’m not talking about some random fierce winter because…. I live in Oklahoma. Next week the highs are supposed to be in the 90’s all week, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want something easy to fix for myself and my family on a busy weeknight. It also doesn’t mean that I don’t want to use all natural ingredients.
Enter….the best damn soup evah! What makes this soup so great? Well, it’s wonderful on it’s own as it’s a just a homemade vegetable beef soup, but what makes it even bettah’ is that every ingredient in the soup was either grown and harvested by me, or killed/butchered by us. I know where EVERY. SINGLE. INGREDIENT. comes from and since I’ve either frozen or canned all the ingredients, it’s super easy to make.
This is why I do what I do. Gardening, farming, homesteading, plus having a full time job is hard work, but it’s so worth it in times like these. In fact, when I said I was making this soup, my oldest farmhand (daughter), a freshman in college, decided to come home for the weekend so she could eat the soup!
***Hint – Want to make it even better? When serving plop down a nice dollop of your favorite grass fed buttah! Butter makes everything better, and enhances the taste even more.
- 2 quarts canned tomatoes
- 1 quart canned green beans
- 1 quart canned carrots
- 1 quart canned potatoes
- 1 pint frozen corn
- 1 quart frozen cabbage
- 1 Tbspn garlic powder
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp bail
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 Tbspn salt
- 2 pounds beef (I use elk, venison, axis venison, wild hog, etc)
- Turn crockpot on low (7-8 hours) or high (4-5 hours)
- Pour tomatoes into crockpot, using an immersion blender to blend them smooth.
- Brown meat of choice in a pan. Keep all the drippings. When done browning pour meat and drippings into the crockpot.
- Add carrots, potatoes, corn, green beans, and spices into the crockpot.
- Thaw cabbage just enough that you can chop it into small pieces, and put into crockpot.
- Stir all ingredients together and leave alone.