This classic Finnish soup embodies a homey simplicity. It is a beef and vegetable soup that will compliment a simple dinner.
INGREDIENTS (for 7 servings):
- 3 pounds boneless beef roast
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 4 potatoes, cubed
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
In a large pot over medium high heat, brown the meat on all sides in the butter or margarine. Add 4 cups of the water and bring to a boil. Add the onion, salt and ground black pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for one hour.
Add the carrots, celery and potatoes and simmer for another 1 1/2 hours. Then combine the flour and remaining 1/2 cup water in a separate small bowl, forming a thin paste. Add this to the soup, stirring well and simmer for 15 more minutes.