2 tablespoons butter
1 1⁄2 lbs beef stew meat, cubed (or use leftover meat from a roast or a combination of both)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
2 beef bouillon cubes
1⁄4 teaspoon dried parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper (I like to use freshly ground black pepper)
2 bay leaves
1 cup carrot, thinly sliced
1 cup cabbage, chopped
6 cups beef broth (or use homemade beef stock)
2 cups tomato juice
1 (14 1/2 ounce) candiced Italian-style tomatoes or 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with juice
2 1⁄2 cups penne noodles
salt, to taste (I use seasoning salt)

In large stockpot over medium high heat, saute the stew meat, onion, celery, green pepper, garlic and carrots in butter for 5 minutes, or until meat is browned on all sides.
Or if using leftover roast, saute until vegetables are tender.
Stir in the bouillon, cabbage, remaining seasonings, beef broth, tomato juice and diced tomatoes.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover partially, and simmer for 45 minutes.
Add noodles and simmer for another 20 minutes.
Discard bay leaves before serving.

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