It's finally been almost chilly here for a few days. So, you know, soup weather! Actually, I have to admit that we eat soup year round in our house. But, we really get to craving it as the weather cools. One of our favorites is a family recipe of mine that we call School Soup.
It's basically a beef and vegetable soup. I really don't know where the name came from. I always thought it was from my great-aunt who had worked as a school cafeteria lady, but I think I was told that was wrong. In any case, it's a wonderfully easy and filling soup that will always be in rotation around here.
Here's the beauty of this recipe...You can shake in some Worcestershire sauce and be done OR you can go the extra mile and add some pasta. We tend to add the pasta. It makes the soup go further and, well, it's pasta! We love us some pasta.
Here are the complete ingredient list and instructions for you.
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 can Peas
1 can Corn
1 can Lima Beans
1 can Carrots
1 can Green Beans
1 medium Onion, diced
2 small-medium potatoes, diced
Salt & Pepper
1-2 cups of Liquid (water or stock)
8oz. Elbow Macaroni
1. Cook ground beef and onions in a large pot over medium heat until beef is thoroughly browned. Drain and return to pot.
2. Add cans of tomatoes, peas, corn, lima beans, carrots, and green beans to pot with their liquids. Add diced potatoes along with granulated garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir.
3. Bring soup to boil and cook for 10 minutes until hot through.
*4. Optional portion - Add liquid (water or stock) and macaroni. Bring soup back to a boil and cook until macaroni cooked through.
5. Add 2-3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce to soup. Stir. Serve.
This is a totally flexible soup that you could add or subtract from. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of cooked carrots or of lima beans, but when I left them out; the soup just wasn't right. So, I do add them, but I use small cans of them. Of course, since you've never had it, it would probably taste just fine to you if you left out any of these ingredients. But, since I grew up on this soup, it didn't taste like home without ALL the vegetables. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do
What's your favorite comfort food when it starts to get cold outside?
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