February 3, 2016

Slow Cooker Beef & Vegetable Soup

I truly believe that sometimes the best meals are the ones you come up with when you’re looking in your refrigerator and asking yourself “what the heck can I make using only what I have on hand?”

That is how this beef & vegetable soup came to be.

I had bought parsnips at Trader Joe’s earlier in the week, thinking that I could munch on them as I would a carrot. Well, I didn’t know that parsnips are spicier than carrots. So the bag just sat in my fridge for a few days. That weekend I needed to come up with something for dinner and wanted to challenge myself to use those parsnips. When I realized that I had a ton of other veggies laying around, begging to be used the idea of this soup popped in my head.

Of course the first time I made it I didn’t measure any ingredients {does anyone?} and let my creative cooking skills take over.

It was a HIT! Both Gary & my dad loved the flavor and said it was hearty and filling.

So the next time I made this I actually measured out what I used.

I think the best part about this recipe is that you get so many cooking options.

You can throw it all in the slow cooker and cook anywhere from 3-6 hours OR you can let it cook in a large stockpot for 30 minutes, then simmer another 15-20 minutes.

Slow Cooker Beef & Veggie Soup via Organically Mo 11

So whether you need dinner in an hour or not until later tonight, this recipe has got you covered.

You can also cut the recipe in half if you don’t want as many servings, but you know I am a founding member of the “Make a Bunch of Servings to Freeze for Later Club.”

The reason I leave the seasonings up to you is that every time I have made this I change the flavor combo and it’s always super tasty…Mexican, Italian, whatever you are in the mood for, this soup will hit the spot!

Slow Cooker Beef & Vegetable Soup

 by Maureen McCann

 Prep Time: 30 minutes

 Cook Time: 3-6 hours

 Keywords: saute simmer slow-cooker soup/stew entree dairy-free gluten-free soy-free paleo Whole30

 Yields: 12-15 servings


  • 1-1.5 lb ground beef, browned
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium size yellow onion, diced
  • 1lb carrots {@ 6 medium}, sliced
  • 2 medium parsnips, sliced
  • 6 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1.5lb zucchini {@ 3 medium}, sliced
  • 10 oz bag sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes, slightly drained
  • 3 cups broth
  • 3 cups water
  • Seasoning of choice


Brown the ground beef along with the garlic cloves and your spices of choice in a large pan. Once done, add that to the bottom of your slow cooker.

Using the same pan, briefly cook the onion, carrots, parsnips and celery with your spices of choice until they start to soften. You don’t want them cooked through, but you don’t want them raw either. I would say cook about 5 minutes on med/high heat, moving them around the pan every minute or so. Once done, add that layer to the top of your meat layer in the slow cooker.

Using the same pan, add the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes on med/high heat, turning constantly, then add the mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes. Add this to the slow cooker as well.

Add the diced tomatoes, broth and water to the slow cooker.

Using a cooking spoon, mix everything together, cover and cook on High for 3 hours or Low for 6 hours.

Serve on its own or over rice or gluten free noodles.


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  1. Pinning and saving for later! YUM!
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  2. Sounds great! It’s been ages since I’ve cooked with parsnips!
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  3. I want this right now! It’s 7 degrees outside here and I’m on the train wish I could eat these photos!
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  4. How perfect is this for a cold winter day! I think my boyfriend would dig this for sure.

  5. I have not done much with parsnips but I imagine they would be great in a soup. Thanks!
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  6. This sounds soo good! It’s fun when you make something up and it turns out delicious. My problem is I can never duplicate it!
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  7. I love soups and this one sounds great. I wonder if I could do chunks of beef rather than ground beef, since I’ve got that in the freezer right now and seriously want to make this tonight!

    My favorite soup right now is a crockpot southwestern soup – potatoes, corn, chipotles, bacon and avocado are all ingredients. It’s so good.
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  8. I love how many veggies you included in this soup. Sounds both super healthy and delicious!
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  9. MMMMM. Love homemade veggie soups cause you can toss in whatever you have on hand. Diced tomatoes are a staple in my pantry for sure. Looks great!

  10. YES! I am definitely making this for the family! Looks so good!
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  11. I love vegetable beef soup. I’ve never thought of adding parsnips before. I’ll have to try that…
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  12. I’m on a soup and chili kick lately. It tastes yummy, nice and warm, easy to batch cook and easy to pack for work. What’s not to like? 🙂
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  13. What a perfect soup for this time of year. I haven’t had parsnips in forever! My kids would love this soup. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Looks great and I love the idea of taking whatevers lying around. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever tried parsnips so good to know they are spicier than carrots!
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  15. yum!! need to try this/use my slow cooker more. I actually made beef stew last week just with random stuff in my fridge, so I’ll have to try this recipe to actually get it right! 🙂
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  16. I’m all for slow cooker recipes–this soup looks delicious! :D!

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