Easy Crock Pot Beef Soup

Easy Crock Pot Beef Soup

[Ed. note: I updated my instagram account name.]

Happily, there was a lot of buzz around my beef soup photo on Instagram (@itsjulieread) and requests for the recipe. I’m not really sure I can call this a recipe because of how easy it is, but hopefully you’ll all forget that I’m not a chef and am just a regular person who likes to pretend she’s a chef. And, here we go…

Gather all of your tools:

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Sturdy pan
  • Crock Pot

Gather all of your ingredients:

  • 2lbs chuck, or other beef, roast…bonus points if there’s a bone
  • 1.5 lbs carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1/2 bunch of celery, with leaves
  • 3 parsnips
  • 1 tablespoon high heat cooking fat (I used avocado oil)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • bunch of parsley

The ingredient list is full of -ishes because 1) this is a soup 2) everyone has a different sized crock pot 3) some people don’t like parsnips.


  1. Prep all of your veggie ingredients:
    • If you are a peeler and/or have enough time, peel the carrots and parsnips
    • Peel the onion
    • Cut off the bottoms of the celery stalks, return the second half to the fridge
  2. Cut all of your veggies into a rough chop.    Easy Crockpot Beef Soup
  3. Find a sturdy pan and add the tablespoon of oil to it, heat it up nice and hot.
  4. Season beef with salt and pepper.
  5. Sear the beef on all sides until you see a crust appear.
  6. Add all ingredients to your crock pot starting with the broth, then the beef, then cover with the veggies. My broth didn’t cover all the veggies a the beginning, but after a few hours they were submerged.
  7. Cook on high for 6 hours, or low for 8-10.
  8. You choose the ending: Easy Crock Pot Beef Soup
    • an hour before you’re ready to eat roughly chop the parsley and add to the soup
    • a minute before you’re ready to eat, finely chop the parsley and add as a garnish


Since this recipe makes a ton of soup, package it up and save it for tomorrow’s breakfast. Soup for breakfast is one of my favorite things – you get all the good stuff and it’s easy to heat up and tastes so good on a rainy cold morning.


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