Warm up with the ultimate comfort food – beefy vegetable soup, just like mom used to make. A bowlful of this soup will help keep you warm even on the chilliest winter nights. For a hands-free dinner, plug in the slow-cooker and let it work its magic! For this cooking option, first brown the meat in shortening, as instructed. Transfer beef to the slow-cooker pot, along with remaining ingredients. Simmer on low heat for 7 to 8 hours.