Hearty gluten-free vegetable beef soup and muffin. Photo--CC-bucklava
Soups are one of my favorite things to make as the weather turns cool and the days get shorter. Nothing like the enticing aroma from a pot of soup simmering on the stove to make the whole house smell fabulous, and to make guests feel welcome.

Rich, hearty, vegetable beef soup is one of my favorites. It's easy to make, nutritious and delicious. A steaming bowl of soup with a nice toasted slice of my favorite gluten-free bread, or a nice delicious chunk of gluten-free cornbread, and I'm in heaven.

This recipe makes enough soup to feed about six people. You can freeze any leftovers and reheat later. This soup goes well with gluten-free noodles, rice, or even mashed potatoes, for those who like a robust meal.

Ingredients:
4 cups beef broth
1½  pounds stew beef, cubed
1 cup onion, sliced into small wedges
1 cup celery, sliced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
4-5 small potatoes, washed and cubed
1 large can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoons salt, or to taste
½  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
½  teaspoon crushed rosemary
½  teaspoon ground thyme
½  teaspoon ground marjoram
1 Bay leaf
Splash of red wine, optional
1 cup frozen peas, optional
1 cup frozen corn, optional

Directions:
In a large soup pot, add cubed meat, chopped onions, sliced celery, carrots, potatoes, beef broth and canned tomatoes. Add marjoram, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf, cover. Simmer for 5 hours.

If adding frozen vegetables and red wine, do so during the last 30-45 minutes of simmering.

If the soup is too thick, thin with beef both to get the desired consistency. This soup also freezes well, and is delicious when reheated.

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