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Running out of time? Looking for easier yet tasty and nutritious soup to serve? Try Basic Beef Stock Soup it contains a higher amount of vegetables, affordable ingredients and does not require any techniques and times to prepare. The stock of the beef gives also a fantastic aroma that your visitors surely like it.
Makes :
1.5 Litres

Preparation Time :
45 minutes

Cooking Time :
5 hours

Preparation Method :

  • Put the bones with the diced meat and dripping in a large roasting tin.
  • Brown the bones in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes at Gas Mark 7/220°C/425°F.
  • Put the bones in a deep 3 litre casserole or pan, and add all the other ingredients.
  • Cover with water and bring the contents slowly to the boil, remove any scum from the surface, and cover the casserole dish or pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Simmer the stock over the lowest heat for 4-5 hours to extract all the flavour from the bones and vegetables, topping up with hot water if the level of stock falls below that of the ingredients.
  • Strain the stock through a fine sieve, into a large bowl.
  • Leave to settle for 5 minutes, then remove the fat from the surface by drawing absorbent kitchen paper over it.
  • Correct the seasoning and the stock will be ready.


  • 1 kg of beef bones 
  • 500 grams of of beef, diced 
  • 50 grams beef dripping 
  • 2 leeks, washed and sliced 
  • 3 large onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, washed and sliced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 bouquets garni 
  • 1 Tea spoon black peppercorns 
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 tablespoons white wine vinegar 
  • A sprig of thyme
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)

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