Beef and Bulgar Soup

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We just have a few weeks till Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. This year we’re going to keep it as simple as possible, like most years. In previous years I’ve tried new and fancy foods for Thanksgiving, but in the end my family just wants a simple, easy southern Thanksgiving dinner.

One of my favorite ingredients to help make simple Thanksgiving recipes is Better than Boullion. I found this product several years ago and when I was invited to share my experiences with the product and a recipe I was thrilled! I use it all year round in different recipes like soups, sauces, gravies and so much more.

Better than Boullion is so much better than just adding simple stock. It’s concentrated, amazing flavor adds so much flavor to your favorite dishes. It will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen! The roasted chicken and ham flavor are two I always have on hand. All the other flavors are equally amazing too. You will be amazed!

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Better Than Bouillon is a paste concentrate that’s about the same as a bouillon cube or broth, but so much better. It doesn’t quickly expire like stock, and completely dissolves unlike dried cubes.

On Thanksgiving I use the ham base bowl collard greens and white acre peas. I use the chicken base to make a simple white gravy for the green bean casserole. Then I use the turkey base in our giblet dressing and homemade gravy.

soup better than boullion and vegetables

But enough talk about Thanksgiving, I’ve got plenty of meals to cook before then, and freeze too! With this new baby on the way, I need to make some big batches of delicious and nutritious  meals to eat before and after baby arrives.

So today I made this warm and filling beef and bulgar soup with vegetables. My original plan was to use barley, but I was out and found bulgar in the pantry. So instead of just going back to the store, I made something new and improved with what I had on hand.

beef soup with carrots and onions

This soup is very easy to make in the instant pot. You can use any pressure cooker, or you can slow cook the beef and vegetables until tender and then add the bulgar at the end.

For this recipe I used stew beef, onions, celery and carrots. I sautéed this in my Instant Pot and when it was done added I also added the Better than Bouillon beef base and some steak seasoning with water. Then I turned it on the soup setting.

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After that’s done, I added some frozen peas, sautéed mushrooms, the bulgar and a little quinoa. Then I give that a stir, add a bit more water and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the bulgar is tender.

You may want to add more or less water depending on how thick you like your soup. You can also double or even triple the meat if you like super meaty soups.

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Yield: Serves 4

Beef and Bulgar Soup

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Cook Time:   35 minutes    Total Time:   45 minutes
method: Simmered    course: Main Course
cuisine: American   diet: Enjoyable
A quick and easy recipe for Beef and Bulgar Soup.


  • 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup bulgar
  • 4 oz canned mushrooms or 1/2 cup sautéed fresh mushrooms


Add Better Than Bouillon Beef Base to boiling water and stir until dissolved in a large saucepan.

Add stew meat, onion, celery, carrots and steak seasoning to instant pot and turn to sauté. Cook until meat has browned. Cover with beef stock and turn instant pot to soup setting, high pressure.

When soup is done add frozen peas, bulgar and mushrooms. Add remaining beef stock. Add more if desired. Simmer for 20 - 25 minutes or until bulgar is tender.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 397 calories, 18 grams fat*
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*Nutritional Information is not guaranteed for 100% accuracy.

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