Frog eye soup was invented in my kitchen because of an ingredient shortage. We had plenty of groceries in the house. I am certain I was cooking for some holiday meal in the coming days.
My brother was making an unexpected visit that evening and I offered to make some homemade chicken noodle soup and sandwiches for dinner. I usually have chicken noodle soup ingredients on hand and I knew this would not require another trip to the store, because everyone knows I love chicken soup!!
I happily went about my business in the kitchen and started simmering some chicken breasts in chicken broth. I don’t always make a super-rich broth, especially when I am short on time.
I tossed in some onions, celery, and carrots. About 20 minutes before my brother was schedule to arrive I discovered I had no soup noodles!! What? At my house?
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I call this cheater beef vegetable soup since I use mostly canned vegetables and frozen for this recipe. Feel free to replace with fresh vegetables if you like. I use canned because the potatoes hold up way better during the slow simmer.
If you opt to use fresh vegetables for this recipe, I recommend par cooking your potatoes and carrots prior to peeling and dicing. They will hold their shape a bit better like the canned vegetables would. I have done this with decent results, but it is time consuming. As long-time readers of the blog already know, I am lazy sometimes and prefer to skip steps that I don’t find necessary for producing great tasting food.
Canned vegetables are readily available these days with reduced sodium and even some with no salt or sugar added. These are great shortcuts for this beef vegetable soup for those on controlled sodium and sugar diets.
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