Credit for this recipe goes to Carol Steinhoff. I have embellished and added a few things to this dish. During the cold season, this is one of our favorites! Cooking the veggies in with the beef adds a greater depth of flavor. The addition of fire roasted tomatoes adds more flavor. The recipe below makes a hearty soup, and feel free to cut back on the ingredients to make it more broth based.
This is a very definition of a "family favorite" recipe as it has spanned several families. I found this recipe in Gram's collection of recipes and was a bit surprised, since this has also been in my recipe collection since high school. Both Gram and I note credit for this recipe to my best friend's mom, Chetti Green. And I know this a one of their family favorites!!
Since my hubby, Todd, is a huge apple pie fan. I find myself making several throughout the fall season. And when I'm in the grocery store reaching for a "cheater pie crust," I hear Gram's voice ringing in my head, "LT! Don't buy that crap, it's so easy and cheaper to make pie crusts!" This crust freezes well.