Friday with Freda ~ Let’s Make Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup

Last Friday morning over coffee Grandma mentioned she would love to have some of her homemade vegetable soup. Immediately, I got excited. I remembered all of those fall nights when I was a little girl and coming home from school. Her amazing homemade vegetable beef soup would be on the stove simmering. I got even more excited when I remembered we had some leftover roast in the fridge from just two days before—sweet manna from heaven!

It was decided. That evening when I was finished work, we would make this soup together. The menu for the evening was set. I jotted down everything I needed to pick up from the store on my way home. This meal was going to be special.

I usually don’t share “domestic” things on this blog. But with fall around the corner and Freda inspiring me, I wanted to share this wonderful recipe with my friends. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Like most of Freda’s specialities once she tells me what is in it, I respond with “Is that all?” She always seems to prove to me that simplicity is truly an art.

*Note this is not a paleo friendly recipe and would not make a good Crazy Idea option, but for this night,I didn’t care. My Grandma and I were making one of my childhood favorites. Any stomach issues I had as a result of eating it would be well worth it.

Here is what went into the soup starter:

Leftover pot roast (cut into small pieces and dumped with the broth into the stew pot)

  • Roast
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Onions

It was fun to have Grandma cut up all of these items for me. While we chatted and I prepared the rest of the items on the stove.

This included:

  • 2 ½ 32oz Cartons of organic beef broth
  • ¼  A box of elbow macaroni
  • 1 Can of petite diced tomatoes
  • ½ Chopped onion
  • Additional carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease
  • 2 Tablespoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon of Thyme leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon of Marjoram
  • Salt (Remember, Freda likes a lot of salt) & Pepper to taste


I let it simmer on the stove after boiling on low for about 40 minutes. It was delicious. Just like I remembered as a little girl.

Thank you Grandma. You are the best!

What are some of your favorite recipes from your Grandmother that you remember?

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