Beef Soup with Root Vegetables

Potatoes, turnips, and sweet potatoes add a touch of sweetness to traditional beef soup in this low-calorie recipe.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless beef round steak

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 stalks celery, sliced

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 medium carrot, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

  • 6 Flat crackers or crusty Italian bread


  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 3/4-inch cubes. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook meat, half at a time, in 1 tablespoon of hot oil over medium heat until brown. Remove meat.

  2. In the same Dutch oven, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add celery, onion, carrot, and garlic; cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Drain off any fat. Return meat to Dutch oven.

  3. Stir in broth, water, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 1 1/4 hours or until meat is nearly tender. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Stir in potatoes, turnips, and sweet potato. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. If desired, serve the soup with crackers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
5g Fat
25g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 19g 39%
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Vitamin A 8879IU 178%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Sodium 551mg 24%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 675mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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