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Nancy Johnson’s Beef Vegetable Soup

Nancy Johnson was the mother of a friend of mine when I was a little girl living in Fargo. This is her soup recipe. I am so glad she shared this recipe oh so many years ago. It has always been called Nancy Johnson’s soup and I have eaten it every winter since I was eight. It is by far the best beef vegetable soup I have eaten and I make a batch of it at least twice a winter. I hope it you try it. Enjoy.

Makes one large stock pot of soup


3 or 4 lbs. beef soup bones

2½ lbs. beef stew meat

2½ quarts water

2 cups tomato juice

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp. salt or to taste

¼ head cabbage, chopped

6 carrots, chopped,

1 cup dices potatoes

½ cup celery, chopped

¼ cup barley


Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender – usually a couple of hours.

*I never measure the veggies. I just chop up a bunch of each and add them to the pot. Comes out perfect every time.


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