This week we said goodbye to my Great-Aunt Mable. She was 103 years old when she passed!
I wrote about Aunt Mable in the past, when I shared her Honey Fruit Salad Dressing. She was a go-getter! She reminded me of the Energizer bunny. I guess her batteries finally wore out.
At the gathering before the funeral, I asked her daughter, Sue, if there was a recipe Aunt Mable made that was her favorite. She instantly replied, “Homemade vegetable beef soup. When I came home from college, she would have it waiting for me on the stove. Even though it was late, the soup was waiting, nice and hot. It tasted wonderful, but I don’t remember just the taste. I remember the comfort eating the soup gave me.”
I know what she means. I feel that way every time I make my Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup. It was inspired by one my mom made and it gives me a lot of comfort, too
Here is Aunt Mable’s version. Give it a try and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to give it a go!
Goodbye Aunt Mable. You were a wonderful lady. It feels like the world has lost a little of its energy without you.
Aunt Mable’s Vegetable Beef Soup
This recipe is shown just how she made it. Feel free to adjust it to your taste. I’m sure she did through the years!
Beef shanks, approximately 2 pounds
1 to 2 carrots, shredded or chopped small
1 large onion, chopped small
3 to 4 stalks of celery, chopped small
1 can tomatoes, diced with juice
1 teaspoon sugar
3 to 4 potatoes, chopped
1/2 cup alphabet macaroni
Salt, pepper, Accent, to taste
3 to 4 drops Tabasco sauce
1 can beef broth
Brown beef shanks in a little oil in a large heavy pan. Cover fully with hot water. Cook on low til tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Watch water to make sure it does not evaporate. Remove meat to mixing bowl and cover.
Add the carrots, onion, and celery to the broth and cook til partly done. Add tomatoes sugar, potatoes, and macaroni. Add some salt, pepper, and Accent. Cook til done. Add a can of beef broth, then add more water if needed.
Chop meat on a board, sprinkle with salt and pepper and add to the soup. You can also add any leftover peas, corn, etc. Important: Add 3 to 4 drops Tabasco sauce. (It warms the tummy and adds flavor.)