Lazy Day Beef & Vegetable Soup

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Registered: 09-10-2003
Lazy Day Beef & Vegetable Soup
Sun, 09-24-2006 - 9:53am

Lazy Day Beef & Vegetable Soup

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 - 8 hours (Crockpot)
Servings: Serves 6-8

2 1/2 lbs. beef for stew, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 cans (14 to 14 1/2 oz. each) ready-to-serve beef broth
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, undrained
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta
-- shredded Romano cheese (optional)

Combine beef, broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, water, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper to 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 quart slow cooker; mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours or on LOW 8 hours. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)
Stir in mixed vegetables and pasta. Continue cooking covered, 1 hour or until beef and pasta are tender. Stir well before serving. Serve with shredded Romano cheese if desired.