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Vegetable Beef Soup– An Antidote for Too Many Snickers

Use pot roast leftovers to create a delicious and filling Healthy Vegetable Beef Soup. It’s my antidote for all the sweets that swirl around us at Halloween.

VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP in a pot next to a spoon and a roll

We don’t have many traditions associated with Halloween–it’s not my favorite holiday. But there is one tradition I really like. We always have soup for dinner and this year, I’m making vegetable soup. It actually makes me feel better after eating too many Snicker bars and Reese peanut butter cups.

How to make Healthy Vegetable Beef Soup

Who needs a recipe for vegetable soup? Not me, and probably not you either. But I have something to say regarding the ingredients I prefer. I bet you do, too, and I’m hoping you’ll share in the comments because I’m always looking for new ways to improve the classics.

My vegetable soup is rather like a scavenger hunt. I start with leftover pot roast and gravy. Then I raid the fridge for once-fresh-but-now-tired veggies and half-empty bags of the frozen variety.

Next, I grab a can or two of veggies out of the pantry, and finally, if the weather is not too cold, I check to see if I have any herbs I can add to the mix.

It may seem like an anything-goes policy, but actually, I do have a few rules.

My rules for Vegetable Beef Soup

1. Yes to frozen okra.

I don’t normally like boiled okra, but for some mysterious reason, I love it in a soup recipe.

2. Yes to salt-free seasoning

I usually don’t add extra salt because the variety of spices in salt-free seasoning adds interest to the flavor. I currently use Kroger brand Zesty Blend, but I’m always on the lookout for something new in this category.

3. No to tomatoes

I love tomatoes but prefer my vegetable soup without.

4. No cabbage.

Sorry, Mom. I never learned to like the cabbage you put into your vegetable soup. Furthermore, it reminds me of the cabbage soup some people eat to lose weight.

This recipe is perfect for a slow cooker. Simmer all day long and half the night too, if necessary, on days you aren’t sure when you’ll get home.

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    Yield: 6

    Vegetable Beef Soup


    This healthy vegetable beef soup is a great way to clean out the fridge and use up leftover pot roast. All ingredients and amounts are negotiable.

    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 10 hours
    Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes


    • 1 cup leftover pot-roast, cubed or shredded
    • 2 quarts leftover gravy and /or beef broth
    • 2-3 potatoes, diced
    • 2-3 sliced carrots
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • Bay leaf
    • 1 cup frozen peas
    • 1 cup green beans (I prefer canned)
    • 1 cup frozen corn
    • 1 cup frozen okra
    • 1 cup lima beans
    • 1 tablespoon Salt-Free Seasoning (I like Kroger brand Zesty Blend)
    • Pepper


    1. Add meat, gravy and/or broth, potatoes, carrots and Bay leaf to slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.
    2. Approximately 30 minutes before eating, add remaining vegetables and seasoning and turn heat to HIGH on slow cooker.
    3. Remove bay leaf and season to taste with freshly-ground pepper.

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    Nutrition Information:



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    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1476mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 9gSugar: 8gProtein: 15g

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    Thursday 10th of November 2011

    I made a roast Sunday so I could make this soup. It was so delicious. Yum. Thanks for great ideals and great recipes.

    sherri lynn

    Monday 31st of October 2011

    This looks delicious! We love having soup for a bit of a lighter dinner too. After all of the candy corns I've consumed, this would be a good option for tonight! I didn't have a go-to vegetable soup recipe; I think this might be it!


    Saturday 29th of October 2011

    Hi Paula, Your Vegetable Beef Soup looks really good. I totally agree about leaving the tomatoes out of this soup so the flavors can become their own. I think celery would be a good addition to the soup if you like the flavor and of course one of your homemade rolls you have pictured with it. Yum Yum!!!


    Friday 28th of October 2011

    I almost always use turnips instead of white potatoes because they don't get as mushy....


    Thursday 27th of October 2011

    Your soup looks far from a fridge raid, I feel the same way about cabbage in my soup I went on that diet and it was yucky after a day. The only thing I would add is a big onion chopped up, but I know you are not a onion fan, me on the other hand can't live with out them :).