I went to the freezer to grab some meat for supper….I came across an oxtail. Hmm…soup I think. I never know how much meat is on them and I wanted to make a big batch of soup so I grabbed a package of sirloin steak. Meat is something we get from the farmer that Hubby works for so using a steak to make soup is something I take for granted far to often.
I ended up putting the frozen steak and oxtail into the Instant Pot. I added 6 cups of water along with 4 Tablespoons of beef soup base, salt and pepper to taste. I set it on meat for 60 minutes. I needed that oxtail meat to fall off the bone….and after 60 minutes with a quick release, it was perfect. I took the meat out of the pot, set it aside to cool, and then added ice cubes. I always but ice cubes in the beef broth that I cook meat in. The broth tends to be greasy and fatty. If I put the ice cubes in the broth the fat adheres to the ice cubes. Then once the fatty grease is stuck to the ice cubes, I scoop the ice cubes out and the fat comes with.
While the meat was cooking I prepped some veggies..Here’s what I put together:
1 large chopped potato
2 small onions chopped
1 1/2 cups carrots chopped
1 can diced tomatoes-juice included
2 ribs of celery chopped
1/2 can corn
1/2 can beans
1/2 can peas
I have the half cans left over from the childcare kids. Any left over veggies, even if it’s a couple tablespoons worth, I throw them in a baggie and freeze them. I pull it out and use it for soup or tator tot casserole.
I put the veggies in the pot then deboned and cut up meat and added that too. I dug through the cupboard thinking I had barley but couldn’t find any so I found some small star noodles and added 1 cup of them. I added water so it was just below the the “Max level” as seen in the picture below. I set the Instant Pot for 6 minutes and did quick release.
I added salt and pepper to taste…The soup was wonderful.
Hubby is not a soup guy so to sneak it into meals, I make my soup really hearty. He’ll tolerate stew so I make my soups with minimal liquid and maximum veggies, meats and noodles.
So that was our AMAZING Vegetable Beef soup. YUM. I’m so glad I made enough for leftovers. I’m kind of known to do that…on Fridays I cook a little extra so on the weekend we can have leftovers for one of the meals…and as long as the leftovers are good, like this soup, no one minds leftovers!!