Why not try something different in the kitchen this week? Here’s a traditional Romanian recipe for Transylvanian Beef and Vegetable Soup from YMCA fitness instructor Alex. 😋

Category: Main meal 

Serves: 10-12 Prep time: 30 minutes 

Cooking time: approx. 3 hours

Cuisine: Romanian | Calories: 300 kcal


  • 600 g beef for soup
  • 3 carrots, cubed
  • 1 parsnip, cubed
  • 1 stick of celery, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 150 g peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 150 g green bean pods (fresh or frozen)
  • 300 ml tomato sauce (puree) or homemade broth
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil (to soften the carrot)
  • 1 sprig of dried thyme (optional)
  • fresh parsley
  • sour cream for serving
  • lemon juice or vinegar (optional)

Method of preparation

  1.  Rinse the beef in water and cut it into cubes.
  2.  Boil it in a pot with plenty of water.
  3. The beef should be boiled for 1.5-2 hours until tender.
  4. While the meat is boiling, check on it every so often to remove the foam that forms on the surface with a spoon.
  5.  When the beef has boiled, remove it from the pot, rinse well under cold running water.
  6.  Strain the water and juices in which the beef was boiled and transfer this liquid to a clean pot.
  7.  Cook the carrot over a low heat for a few minutes with a tablespoon of oil to soften and give a sweet and pleasant taste.
  8.  Into the clean pot in which you added the strained cooking liquid, put the parsnip, celery, and softened carrot and the dried thyme sprig.
  9.  Alow to simmer for about 20 minutes. Then place the beef, finely chopped onion and diced potatoes in the pot.
  10.  Let the beef soup boil for 15 minutes.
  11.  Taste and season with salt to your liking.
  12.  Add the peas, green beans and tomato sauce (puree). Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat.
  13.  After about ten minutes, add freshly chopped parsley and serve the beef soup in bowls with a spoonful of sour cream. Bon appetit!


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