Beef Soup Recipe

Enjoy this traditional Jamaican beef soup recipe which is packed with your favourite vegetables, starches and other nutrients to provide your body with a healthy and balanced meal.

Well known in Jamaica as Saturday soup, it is like a tradition to prepare beef soup, or any soup for that matter on Saturdays.

Even now, this tradition is still practiced here in Jamaica, but beef soup can be prepared not only as a dinner recipe, but it can be done anytime, anyday of your choice. Its simply delicious.


6 Servings

2 lbs soup meat (prefferably the neck)
½ lb carrots, cubed
1 lb pumpkin, cubed
½ lb cho-cho, cubed
1 lb irish potato, cubed
½ lb flour
1 lb yellow yam, peeled and cut in medium pieces
2 stalk escallion, crushed
2 sprig thyme
2 pegs garlic
1 green pepper (scotch bonnett)
1 packet powdered soup mix
half pot of water (medium pot)


Step 1: Under medium heat, set pot with water and allow to boil. Clean and cut meat in medium pieces and add to boiling water. Crush garlic and add to pot.

Step 2: When meat is almost tender wash and add pumpkin, cho-cho, carrot, irish potato and yam.

Step 3: Allow to cook for about 12 minutes. Then knead flour and roll into small dumplins adding them to pot.

Step 4: Allow to cook for about 10 minutes then add pepper, escallion, thyme, and soup mix. Stir and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes. Add salt according to your taste.

Step 5: Turn off stove when soup has reached a consistency suitable to you. (Some persons prefer soup with a heavier body, so this depends on your preference).

This beef soup recipe can also be prepared another way. For added protein, you could add red peas, gungo peas, lentils, or beans. Not much difference with the instructions or the ingredients. Preparing the beef soup with any one of your peas or beans, you would exclude the pumpkin from your ingredients.

You would also allow the peas to be cooked with the meat, as most peas takes some time to cook. A combination of two different peas or beans can also be used, so you can "tun u han and mek fashion" as they say in Jamaica, meaning, "changing up the original to make it more sophisticated, or more suited to your liking"

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