Jack's Old-Fashioned Beef and Vegetable Soup


Each generation added to this recipe, from my mother, my father's mother Emmazettat Bolan born in 1860 in Pine Creek, Ohio, Elizabeth Ann Pemberton Bolan, and from her mother Margaret McCrary born in 1786 in Carolina. It's a very hearty soup my family begs for. I am now 76 and have yet to find one as rich. Serve in large soup plates with hot French bread.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • pound lean round steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 quart beef stock

  • 1 quart water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 pounds beef soup bones

  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into large chunks

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks

  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup dry black beans

  • ¼ cup dried split peas

  • ¼ cup white rice

  • ¼ cup elbow macaroni

  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes in puree

  • ¼ cup chopped cabbage

  • 1 cup red wine

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat; cook the onion, celery, and steak in the melted butter until the onions caramelize, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the beef stock, water, bay leaf, marjoram, oregano, and soup bones; lower the heat to medium-low and simmer 3 hours, skimming froth off the top of the soup as it develops.

  2. Add the potato, carrot, bell pepper, black beans, split peas, rice, macaroni, tomatoes in puree, cabbage, and red wine to the stockpot. Simmer 1 hour more. Remove the soup bones, scraping any meat from them back into the pot. Season with salt and pepper to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
4g Fat
24g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 24mg 120%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 550mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.