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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Vegetable Soup!


Usually I make soup by putting together whatever I happen to have on hand.  I haven't followed a soup recipe in years.  The other day, however, I googled "vegetable soup" and found this on Paula   It is titled, "Bubble's Homemade Vegetable Soup".  I don't know who Bubbles is but she makes good soup. 

It is a vegetable soup but there is meat in it.  The recipe calls for ground beef but I used cut up bottom of the round beef because I wanted to use up the small piece I had.

The recipe also mentions throwing in a ham bone.  I didn't have a ham bone so I threw in a bit of bacon.

Bottom line .... it is delicious!  CH loved it and said that it was a "keeper".  That is his highest compliment for a new recipe.

Take a look: 

1 pound of ground chuck
1 onion chopped
1 cup of chopped bell pepper
1 cup of chopped celery
1 (10 ¾ ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 ¾ ounce) can cream of celery soup
1 (20 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (46 ounce) can V-8 juice
1 (16 ounce) bag of frozen mixed vegetables
4 potatoes peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

(I had a ham bone left from Christmas in the freezer and threw it in along with any veggies that I had frozen)

Brown ground chuck, onions, pepper and celery. Drain off fat. Add soups, 1 soup can of water, tomatoes, V-8 juice and vegetables and ham bone. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste. I cook mine on low heat for hours! Stir occasionally to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pot. I double the recipe so that I can have some for my neighbors, parents, and friends. One recipe will serve approx. 12 people You will not be sorry if you take my advice – DOUBLE!

I did not double the recipe.  There are only two of us, after all.    To see the full article click here.

This is a great belly-warming soup and I hope you enjoy it.

Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.