Fox Recipe Box: Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

CLEVELAND, Oh -- Homemade beef vegetable soup does not necessarily require hours in the kitchen.  Chef Michael Ollier is a chef with Certified Angus Beef and he showed Fox 8's Stefani Schaefer how easy it is to make a pot of hearty and comforting soup that tastes like you've been at the stove for hours.

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Easy Beef Vegetable Soup    

1 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef Stew meat, 1/2-inch diced cubes
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
6 cups (48-ounces) low sodium beef broth
2 bay leaves (optional)
1/2 cup uncooked orzo
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, carrots and corn vegetable blend

Instructions:

Season beef with salt and pepper
Add oil to a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium high heat and brown beef on two sides
Stir in onion and garlic followed by tomatoes, broth and bay leaves
Scrape bottom of pan to free any connected browned bits
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour uncovered
Stir in orzo and simmer 8 minutes
Add vegetables and simmer an additional 7 minutes
Add additional salt and pepper to taste