Winter potato and ground meat soup, or zimska juha od krumpira i mljevenog mesa, is a hearty and nourishing dish that is popular in Croatian cuisine. The recipe calls for simple, wholesome ingredients such as ground beef, onion, garlic, carrot, and potatoes, making it a budget-friendly meal that is full of flavor. One of the standout ingredients in this soup is the tomato paste, which adds a depth of flavor and a hint of sweetness. In addition to being delicious, this soup is also packed with nutrients and has numerous health benefits. The ground beef provides a good source of protein, while the vegetables are high in fiber and vitamins. This soup is also a great way to stay warm and satisfied on a cold winter day. In Croatian culture, soups like this one are often enjoyed by farmers as a filling and nourishing meal after a long day of work in the fields.
Winter Tuber and Ground Beef Stew (Zimska Juha od Krumpira i Mljevenog Mesa)
Selo Olive Oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 medium parsnip, diced
1 medium sweet potato, diced
- 2 medium potatoes, diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cups beef broth
8 cups water
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent.
Add the ground beef and cook until it is browned.
Add the carrot, potatoes, parnsips, sweet potatoes to the pot. Add bone broth and water, covering the vegetables. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes to 1 hour or until the vegetables are tender.
Stir in the tomato paste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot and enjoy!
To thicken this recipe, you can add flour or heavy cream. For flour, make a roux by melting butter in a pan, then whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes. Gradually add it to the recipe and stir until it reaches your desired consistency. For heavy cream, simply add it at the end of cooking, stirring it in until it thickens. Keep in mind that adding cream will make the recipe richer and creamier, and it's important to keep an eye on your seasoning as the cream can make it saltier.