How to make it

  • Place the beef shanks into the cold water
  • slowly bring to the boil
  • add the vanilla (the vanilla dramatically heightens the flavor of the beef)
  • skim off any 'scum' that rises from the bones
  • In another saucepan, brown the beef, and when browned, add to the soup pot, drippings and all.
  • In the meantime, in a a separate saucepan, caramelize the onion, and add a mirepoix of one part finely chopped onion, 1/2 part carrots, and 1/2 part celery in a little canola oil
  • Cook until tender
  • Usually, mirepoix is not served, but in this soup, the mirepoix is added to the soup, adding terrific flavor, texture, and making the soup more economical in these dollar-stretching times!
  • While cooking the mirepoix, make vegetable stock from clean leftover pieces of veggies you have cut. It should be in a water bath of about 2 cups.
  • When the veggie stock is cooked, and the veggies tender, strain the liquid through a colander, and discard the veggies used in the stock.
  • Add the veggie stock to the soup pot.
  • Add the mirepoix to the soup pot, and add the additional vegetables as indicated... more carrots, celery, onion, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peas...
  • Allow to simmer for at least two hours, stirring periodically.
  • Taste, and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if desired.
  • This recipe makes a very HEARTY soup, and is a meal in itself.
  • Served with garlic toast, your family will be asking you to make this more often!
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  • DaleInCO 6 years ago
    This sounds absolutely awesome. Marrow from the bones always improves the flavor of stock. The vanilla idea sounds weird. I think that I will do as I always do - roast the shank bones first. Thanks Elaine for the recipe!
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  • binky67 10 years ago
    Wow the vanilla is a surprise! Nice!
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    elgab89 ate it and said...
    Wow! This is tooo goooood! My husband said this is what he wants for Christmas!
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    " It was excellent "
    dagnabbit ate it and said...
    another good one Elaine! 5
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    Beautiful recipe and descriptions, Chef..appears
    to be healthy as well..Many thanks, flagged and
    a 55555!! :)
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    lasaf ate it and said...
    I love that you put all the flavorful things right in the soup. No waste and it will only taste better. I would also add any worthy vegetables that are aging in my fridge.
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    peetabear ate it and said...
    interesting fact about the vanilla... thank you for sharing...^5
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    linspj ate it and said...
    Vanilla? Wow, who would have thought, Elaine? This soup sounds like a nice addition to my winter meals file! We are big soup fans. ^5
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