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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Soup Sundays

Dust off your can opener or reach into the dark recesses of your canning cupboards!  This recipe is a family favorite and is gar-un-teed to warm you from your toesies northward. 

Excuse the oatmeal and red lentils waiting to be dry canned.

Kit's Ski Country Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes*
1-6 oz. can tomato paste
1-10 oz. can condensed onion soup*
5 Cups water
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 Cups sliced carrots
1 Cup sliced celery
1-1 lb. can green beans*
1-15 oz. can kidney beans
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine meat and tomato paste in Dutch oven or large, heavy soup pan.  Stir in onion soup, water, salt, basil and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer about an hour and a half, or until the meat is tender.  Add carrots, celery, undrained green beans, and kidney beans.  Continue simmering 30-40 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.  Stir in Parmesan cheese.

*Things I have changed when needed:  Ground beef also works.  No beef?  Double the bean content - mix and match your beans.  Just mix the tomato paste with the soup, water and herbs.  No canned onion soup to be found?  Use dry onion soup mix and toss in an additional cup of water.  It goes without saying that you can substitute your home-canned green beans, too.  I have even substituted a jar of Dilly beans, but I drained and rinsed them and then added them to the soup with a little extra water as needed.

This soup is even better the second day.

14 comments:

  1. Looks good! We are eating a lot of soup and stew this winter.

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    1. Kristina - I tend do eat soup almost every day during the winter, then salad every day during the summer. I'm in a rut!

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  2. Sounds good! Please post how your dry canning goes? I might try that soon....

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    1. Nancy - Dry canning is so simple! I will post on it this week.

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  3. Oh, a PURRR-FECT sounding soup to have simmering here today. We started with bright sunshine but now have complete cloud cover and snow with a temp of 12 above. 'Tis soup weather indeed! I love all the substitutions you can make and still have a yummy soup.

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    1. Mama Pea - Looks like your 'thaw' is over! I love this soup - it is so simple and the tomato/beef combination is just divine!

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  4. Great recipe, another to keep for making soon :-)

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    1. Sandy - It really does warm you right up. And, besides the cutting of the carrots/celery, it is a snap to make.

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  5. Adding to my recipe box. I love finding new soup recipes..

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    1. Michelle - We can never have too many soup recipes, can we?

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  6. I made this for dinner tonite, with a few added ingredients and some beer bread on the side. Excellent!!!

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    1. Nancy - I will have to go over and see how you improved it! Beer bread sounds fantastic!

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  7. Yum, yum! Something to do with stew meat besides regular ol' beef stew! :)
    We have been eating a lot of soup and chili recently with our cold snap. I LOVE it!!

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    1. Candy - You must be in soup heaven! And I bet the cold weather is helping move your hubby in that direction, too!

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