Beef Nilaga

2 pounds beef shank - wash well and cut into 3/4" slices crosswise
12 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
1 beef bouillon cube
6 small potatoes - peel and cut in half
6 medium cut sweet potatoes - peel and cut about 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" cubes
4 cups green beans - remove end tips and cut in half about 3"
1/2 cabbage - remove core and cut in 4 parts lengthwise


Put beef with water in a pot on high heat. Add salt and peppercorns. When it boils, put heat to medium and boil for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Check every 15 minutes.
Add beef bouillon cube after 20 minutes.
When meat is tender, add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
Add sweet potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add green beans and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes.
Serves 4 to 6 or more
Kitchen tested October 17, 2007

This is a healthy and comforting soup to have on a cold night. I used beef shanks because they don't have or have less fat. The potatoes and sweet potatoes are cooked just right and not mushy. Green beans and cabbage should be crunchy.


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