Friday, December 5, 2008

Easiest Soup Ever

It's been pretty cold lately. Being from North Carolina (we have very sporadic weather in the winter) cold is 70 degrees or less to me. lol I don't mind the cold up until Christmas. Once Christmas is over and there's nothing to look forward to, the cold is just miserable. If it would at least snow some I think I cold manage, but not here. It will get about 35 degrees and decide to rain. Yay! (complete sarcasm btw)

Well, enough complaining. One good thing that comes out of this miserable weather is soup. I love to make a big pot of soup when it's cold. The whole family likes it, it's easy, cheap, and warms you up wonderfully. You might already know how to make this, but for those who don't, you'll never forget it.

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
2 small cans of tomato sauce
2 regular sized cans of:
corn
peas
carrots
green beans
small white potatoes
butter/lima beans
salt and pepper

In a large stock pot, brown your ground beef. I salt and pepper my ground beef while it's cooking, but you don't have to. Drain off fat. Add the tomato sauce and vegetables. Don't drain the water off the veggies, put it all in the pot. That's what makes the soup. Warm over medium heat and salt and pepper to taste. That's it.

This soup is incredibly easy to make and very inexpensive. It feeds my family of four for two nights, and I still have leftovers. The night I make the soup we eat our fill and then I go ahead and freeze some. I make sure to leave some for the next night's supper though. Once the soup is reheated the next night it needs to be eaten or thrown out. It should not be reheated again, that's why I freeze it when it's fresh, before it's been reheated.

Tips:
I have tried adding and substituting fresh veggies along with the canned ones. I don't recommend this. Because canned veggies are already cooked, they only need to be heated, whereas the fresh veggies need to be fully cooked. If you fully cook the fresh veggies it over cooks the canned veggies and ruins them.

This soup freezes well, but leave out the potatoes. Potatoes do not freeze well at all. You'll end up picking them out of the soup either way.

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