Carrot And Beef Short Rib Soup Recipe

Last year I rushed my entry into the Woolworths Soup Competition as we were heading for our annual overseas trip. I entered three soup recipes, based on the concept of the soups currently sold by Woolworths at that time. One of my entries was my broccoli and cheese soup recipe. I thought this would be perfect for reheating. My concept of what Woolworths was looking for was far off base. This year I gave a lot of thought to what I wanted to do for my entry. We are talking about R50 000 winner takes all, and I really want to be the winner. This carrot and beef short rib soup came about from a few factors. I had some carrots in my fridge that needed cooking and decided they would be a perfect base for my soup. I then turned to my flavour thesaurus and beef came up as a good match. I have never before cooked with beef short ribs so I thought they would be a good addition to the soup. I think this soup is awesome, and I hope the judges think so too!

"Carrot And Beef Short Rib Soup"
Carrot And Beef Short Rib Soup
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Carrot and Beef Short Rib Soup


  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 500 g beef short rib
  • 150 g chopped onions
  • 150 g chopped celery
  • 500 g chopped carrots
  • 500 mls vegetable stock
  • 400 mls coconut cream
  • 2 whole star anise
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 10 mls flat leaf parsley chopped, for garnishing


  • in a large pot or casserole dish, heat the olive oil
  • brown the beef short ribs
  • remove from the oil and add the onion and the celery
  • sauté until soft
  • add the carrots, ribs, stock, coconut cream and star anise
  • bring the soup to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours
  • allow to cool
  • remove the beef and the star anise
  • purée the soup until you have a rough consistency
  • return to the heat
  • cut the beef off the bone
  • add to the soup
  • adjust the seasoning

to serve:

  • when the soup has heated through dish up into bowls and garish with the parsley


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15 thoughts on “Carrot And Beef Short Rib Soup Recipe

  1. I was also totally off base with what Woolies were looking for. I was very surprised by the winner too.
    I certainly would have given your soup the prize!

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