Baked beef and vegetable soup

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 pounds Short ribs of beef
1 \N Onion, skin on studded
\N \N With 2 cloves
3 cloves Garlic peeled and lightly
\N \N Crushed
4 \N Whole black peppercorns
4 cups Beef broth
3 smalls Leeks roots trimmed and 1
\N \N Inch of green left on cut
\N \N Into 1/4 x 2 inch julienne
\N \N Strips well washed
3 \N Carrots cut into 1/4 x 2
\N \N Inch julienne strips
3 \N Celery ribs cut into
\N \N 1/4 x 2 inch julienne
\N \N Strips
8 \N White mushroom caps cut
\N \N Into thin slices
2 cups Shaped pasta cooked until
\N \N Just tender
\N \N Salt and fresh ground black
\N \N Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons Chopped dill
2 tablespoons Parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place beef, onion, garlic, peppercorns and broth in an oven-proof casserole. Add water to cover by 1½ inches. Bring to a boil. Cover and bake in the oven about 2 hours, until beef is very tender. Remove meat and cool. Shred from bones, discarding any fat and the bones. cover. Pour broth through a fine mesh strainer into a gravy separator or bowl. Allow to cool. Pour or skim off fat and return defatted broth to the casserole. Add leeks, carrots and celery to casserole. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 3 minutes. Add shredded beef to broth with mushrooms, pasta, salt and pepper. Bake, covered, for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and stir in dill and parsley. Serve immediately in deep soup bowls.

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