My Sister’s What’s On Hand Leftover Beef & Vegetable Soup

October 11, 2006 6 Comments

Beef and Vegetable Soup Recipe

My Sister’s What’s On Hand Leftover Beef & Vegetable Soup

A few weeks ago I went to visit my sister and folks in New Jersey. My sister Gail was cooking up a pot of soup for lunch that smelled pretty good. She had a lot of leftovers from the week including some leftover London Broil that she grilled up the night before.

This is one of those recipes that are just thrown together in the moment with leftovers in the refrigerator and the pantry. It’s one of my favorite ways of cooking. Finding creative ways to use up leftovers is not that hard and makes one night of cooking a lot easier.

My sister doesn’t own a real good soup pot so she had to saute all the vegetables in a fry pan and then transfer them to her inexpensive all-purpose pot. If she tried to saute in the thin-bottomed, inexpensive pot, there is a good chance she would have burned them and ruined the soup.

I try using as few pans as possible when I cook at home. There is enough stuff to do with the kid’s homework and getting them ready for bed. I don’t need to be cleaning any extra pans. Nor does my sister, so I have a good idea what to get her for Christmas this year. I’ll have to go back and read my article on Choosing and Buying a Good Soup Pot.

My sister used leftover London Broil, which is really a cooking method and not a cut of beef but most of us have associated it with a top round roast that can be cooked whole, cut in half or cut into steaks. Any leftover cooked beef would work well in this recipe.

My Sister’s What’s On Hand Leftover Beef & Vegetable Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8 servings

My Sister’s What’s On Hand Leftover Beef & Vegetable Soup


3 onions, peeled and diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

1 package mushrooms 12 - 14 oz, chopped

6 fresh carrots, peeled and diced

4 tablespoons butter (½ stick)

6 cups of beef broth (my sister used 3 cans of College Inn beef stock but I recommend homemade or try Glace de Viande Gold)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

Beef leftovers - any kind of steak cubed

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Salt & pepper, to taste

1 can black beans with liquids, approximately 15 oz.

1 can red kidney beans with liquids, approximately 15 oz.

How To Prepare At Home

In a large soup pot, saute the onions, carrots, mushrooms and celery in the butter over medium-high heat for about 7 to 8 minutes.

Add the beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer.

Add the cooked beef to the pot, crushed red pepper and season with a little salt & pepper. Simmer for about an hour with the cover on.

Remove the cover, add the black and red beans and simmer for an additional ½ hour to 1 hour with the cover off.

Taste and adjust seasoning with salt & pepper.


Try using any leftover vegetables you might have around. This is a great soup to clean out your refrigerator of leftovers.

Last modified on Thu 17 July 2014 10:04 am

Comments (6)

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  1. gail says:

    Hi Gary, I just read your story and recipe about the soup. Sounds good. Thanks Gary xxxooo

  2. Linda says:

    Nuthin’ like a Jersey Girl to show you the way….

  3. Guy says:

    Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. Sometimes it takes so much effort to find even tiny useful piece of information. Nice post. Thanks

  4. Ken J says:

    My son has chronic pancreatitus and soups are a great meal for him. During the paste 2 months I’ve tried about 10-12 different soup recipes and learned that soup is pretty fool proof. This past weekend I had a lot of left over veggies from the holidays and just cut them all up and added them to my wifes chicken soup recipe and it was great !

  5. Debi says:

    I have a small hunk of left over grilled London broil, and I’m going to try this out; but substituting white potatoes for the sweets. Will let you know how it turns out.

    Look forward to hear from you Debi – RG

  6. alex says:

    You have mushrooms on list but not in cooking direction.

    Good catch Alex. They should be sauteed with the onions and celery which I will now add. Thanks – RG

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