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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A Recipe from Fall Geraniumfest - Italian Beef Soup

Barbara and Buddy

This is the soup I brought. It's a hearty soup for a fall or winter day.

Italian Beef Soup
(I double all these ingredients and make it in a very large pot)

1 pound of ground beef - browned and drain off the fat
Then add:
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans (which I leave out)
6 cups water
3 Knorr Beef boullion cubes
1 Tablespoon parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp oregano
Bring this to a boil and then simmer , covered 20-25 minutes.

Then Add: 2 cups of shredded cabbage
1/2 cup frozed green beans
Bring to boil, cover and simmer 30 minutes, adding your desired pasta the last 10 - 15 minutes or whatever time the pasta takes.
This last time I made it I removed some liquid to a separate pot and cooked my pasta al dente, and then drained the soup back into the pot. I refrigerated the soup overnight with the pasta in a separate container and added it back just shortly before serving and that way the pasta wasn't over cooked. The original recipe calls for elbows but I used Gemelli and I liked them better.
Serve with nice warm crusty rolls with a garlic herb butter.
(A recipe for those will be forth coming.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my! How lovely- now can we have the other soup recipe, AND (oh, yeah...) the Maple Walnut Pie recipe. What a wonderful day you must have had... Thanks for sharing!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the soup for dinner this evening - delicious! We loved it and will have it often. I, too, left out the kidney beans tonight, but I think next time I might try them. Thanks so much for sharing the many things you have. I also enjoy the ginger peach tea almost daily with a bit of honey! Blessings.

7:38 PM  
Blogger DSL said...

Glad you liked the soup! It's a meal in itself. : ) Yeah, you could change it up however you like. Beans, no beans, different beans.
I'm going to try the tea with some honey. Sounds good!

8:50 PM  

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