I am about to give you the most AMAZING Vegetable Soup recipe that you will ever have. If you are a southeastern Pennsylvania resident and know of Goodnoe Family Restaurant and Dairy Bar in Newtown, Bucks County, it is on par with their vegetable soup. If you don’t recognize this name, take my word for it, it is phenomenal.
Goodnoe Family Restaurant is now closed:( Dating back to 1918, it was the main spot to go to in Newtown where I grew up, the hangout. We went after every sporting event, every play, on any occasion really. They were famous for their ice cream (they still sell their ice cream in town at Goodnoe Dairy Bar), but I had a few other favorites as I am sure many other patrons did as well.
Specifically, my favorite was their “vegetable soup”. I ate so much of their vegetable soup that I am sure it was cheaper for my mom to figure out how to recreate it. And that she did. She recreated Goodnoe’s vegetable soup. It is a hearty soup loaded with vegetables and pairs beautifully with some traditional Saltine crackers! I used to eat a cup of this soup every time I visited the restaurant with a tuna sandwich…DELICIOUS!
As many soups are, this vegetable soup is better on the second day (but great the first too). I am not sure whether it is the large chunks of potatoes, the fresh farm corn, or the delicious broth that I love the best, but it doesn’t matter, it is a favorite in our house (check out Picky Eating Baby Solution for the perfect example).
I am going to note that I am not the best recipe developer (and neither is my mom). We are the kind of cooks that put a bit of this and a little of that into a pot or dish and waaalah, it is done. I never follow a recipe for a meal (I do for baking) to a “T” and always end up with something slightly different. So, this recipe is just that. Don’t fret though, there really isn’t anything that you can do wrong, at least I don’t think so.
2 cartons of beef broth
1 large 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 packet of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup mix
1 lb. package of beef cubes or beef stew meat (this recipe could be vegetarian by omitting this)
½ head of cabbage
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic chopped
a bunch of corn (I use corn that I froze from the local farm this summer)
baby carrots chopped
3 sticks of celery, chopped
a bunch of peas
a bunch of green beans
5 medium yellow potatoes cubed (small cubes)
1. Saute onion, celery, and garlic in a little olive oil in the bottom of a large stockpot. Add the beef cubes to brown.
2. Dump in the beef broth, tomatoes, and all of your vegetables.
3. Let simmer in the pot ALL DAY! Yes, this is part of the secret…ALL DAY. Don’t skimp and only do 4 hours. Make it all day and stir often! The potatoes and vegetables need to get super tender.
This vegetable soup recipe makes for a great healthy baby food. So freeze some for that in muffin trays. This recipe makes A LOT (a giant stockpot) of vegetable soup, so I always pick someone to give it to. It is great for a wintertime cold, or even just a friend that could use a veggie hug.
I would love to hear how you like it!