Friday, February 08, 2008

Browned Beef Stock

I like to make homemade soups and since the folks I live with have been feeling a bit "under the weather," I decided it was time to make a Beef Stock. This recipe is one I've used for years and it comes from the cookbook, Hearth and Home by Karey Swan. I do believe this book is now OOP (out of print) but if you find a copy, grab it. It's one of those family-style cookbooks with lots of "good for you" recipes and additional personal notes that give us a glimpse of the Swan family. Without further ado, I give you Karey's beef stock recipe to try at your house.

Browned Beef Stock

In a large stockpot place:

6 pounds of beef soup bones (neck, shin, shank, or marrow bones)
1 large onion, sliced
2 medium carrots, cut up

Place these in a 450* oven and let brown evenly for about 30 minutes or till well-browned, turning occasionally with tongs. (I put a little olive oil in the pot first to prevent sticking)

Now on stovetop burner add:

3 stalks celery with leaves, cut up
1 large tomato, cut up (opt)
8 whole black peppercorns
4 sprigs parsley
1 bay leaf
1 T. salt
12 c. cold water

Bring it all to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 hours. Remove beef bones/meat and strain stock.


Tonight for supper.........

I took half of my beef stock (and froze the other half) added in the beef, some extra onion, garlic, dried basil, a quart of home-canned tomatoes (canned is fine too), and brought this to a boil. Then I added a pound of Trader Joe's dried mini-ravioli (cheese) and cooked it in the broth according to the package directions. Lastly, I added a can of white beans, S&P to taste, and some parsley before serving. At the table we passed mozerella cheese to sprinkle on top of each bowl of soup. This was cheered by all and deemed a "Do Again."
(I love it when this happens)

P.S. We do not have a Trader Joe's around here, but I brought a few things back home with me from Arizona. I LOVE that store! Also, if you don't have time to make homemade beef stock, you could make this soup with canned stock and still have a wonderful soup. It can be changed up in a number of ways according to your tastes and preferences. This is how I cook -- use what you have and experiment.


  1. Oh my! The soup looks and sounds delicious. I will have to try that. A sort of twist on the use of pasta too you know. Is it navy or great northern beans or am I totally off?

  2. Diana,

    Yes, I used great northern beans, but really, you could use any kind. I think there’s even an Italian bean out there, but I can’t recall the name.
    I hope you try the soup and put your own twist on it.


  3. Jody, that looks delicious with the mini raviolis ~ yum!!
    We don't have a Trader Joe's nearby either, but from what I hear, it sounds great.
    Have a good weekend,


  4. Oh I love Hearth and Home !!! There is nothing like having a good stock, it is like gold in the bank. Clarice

  5. Hi Jody! Hearth & Home is one of my very favorite books... I love Karey's "Recipes for Life" and monthly doings toward the end of the book. And Monte's poem about treasures being tucked in bed.

    The soup looks great... I make oodles of chicken stock, but hardly ever make up beef stock! I think it's because we're in chicken territory here on Delmarva!

    Kim :-)

  6. I'm so glad you shared the beef stock process. I didn't know how to make my own and have always just bought it. Making it myself is a much better idea.

    Your supper sounds so delicious!

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