November 18, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside and Vegetable Beef Soup

With the record low temperatures we've been experiencing, it's time for soup.  There's nothing like a pot of soup on the stove and crusty bread in the oven to shout comfort on a cold, snowy day.

My grandmother used to make vegetable beef soup with ground beef rather than stew meat, and I have always preferred vegetable beef soup that way.   You get a bite of ground beef with every spoonful!  

I don't remember exactly how she made her vegetable beef soup, but this is pretty close.

Here's how I made this delicious bowl of soup:

1 pound of ground chuck
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 can of petite diced tomatoes
1 can of mixed vegetables
A couple of hands full of Ditalini pasta
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 32 ounce box of beef broth
And this much Italian Seasoning:

Or to taste.

1.  Brown the ground chuck (I salt and pepper the ground chuck), and after it starts to turn color, add the garlic.  Continue to cook until done and drain the excess fat.

2.   Add the can of diced tomatoes, mixed vegetables, beef broth, pasta, and Italian Seasoning.

3.  Give it a taste test, and add extra salt, pepper, and more Italian seasoning, if needed.

4.  Simmer until pasta is done.

This is great served with warm crusty bread.

Serve to family and friends!! 


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