This healthy freezer meal makes dinner prep times quick and easy, so you don't have to stress about what to make.
Servings: 12 cups
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 onions, diced
- 2 12-ounce bags frozen peas and carrots
- 12-ounce bag frozen baby lima beans
- 12-ounce bag frozen corn
- 3 pounds of stew meat (or a pot roast that has been cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes)
- 10 cups low-sodium beef broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
This recipe provides directions so that the soup is fully cooked before being frozen, and it can be thawed and reheated either in a pot or microwave.
If you want to cook the soup in a slow cooker after it is frozen and thawed, skip step 6. After thawing, place in slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Use a large, heavy-duty pot that has a lid and is oven safe, such as a Dutch oven. Heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Put the stew meat in the pot and leave undisturbed for 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the pieces of meat to the other side and repeat. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then add 2 cups of broth to the pot and stir to loosen the remaining fond.
- Bring to a boil, cover with lid and place in preheated oven. Cook for approximately 45 to 60 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Remove from the oven. The beef should be so tender that you can take two spoons and pull it into smaller cubes, if desired.
- Add the remaining 8 cups of broth and the frozen vegetables. Stir and scrape the sides to loosen the fond that has accumulated on the sides of the pot.
- Place over medium heat and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes.
- Move the soup to a metal bowl to cool. Once cool to the touch, it can either be frozen in individual serving containers or good quality freezer bags. Place in freezer.
- 1 to 3 nights before cooking, remove from freezer and place in refrigerator to thaw. If frozen in bags, place bags in a bowl to catch any drippings.
- For bags, place contents in a pot over medium heat. If individual serving containers are microwave safe, you can microwave them.