Thursday, October 16, 2008
Soup for the soul
When I was growing up, I was never a fan of soup. After my mother had slaved over a pot of simmering goodness, I'd wrinkle my nose and scurry off to make myself a peanut butter sandwich.
Then I began to cook and I realized how glorious soups were. It's an entire meal in one pot, leaving plenty of room for biscuits. In this case, I made wheat dinner rolls from scratch.
And everyone knows how much I like dinner rolls. It's like the friendly cousin of the biscuit family.
This soup is my mother's recipe, and it's fantastic. For one, it's extremely easy. You basically dump all the ingredients in a pot and stir it every once in awhile. That's why I can make it. It also makes a large batch, making it freezer worthy.
The only problem I can see with the soup is that you're in such a hurry to eat it, you forget to take pictures after deciding to feature it on your blog. All you get is this.
But it's ok. We can still drool over the lovely dinner rolls. Basically, I used the dinner roll recipe in the Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook.
I used the wheat flour version. We're all about being healthy here at the Pond.
Please ignore the butter slathered all over the pan.
So after a long weekend at a wedding or a busy one with the kids, just pop some veggies, browned ground beef, barely, herbs and spices and let the soup simmer for an hour or so.
Dinner rolls never hurt either. I like mine with butter and honey. It's the healthy thing to do.
The best part? Even the biggest soup critic will adore it.
Debbie's Vegetable Beef Soup
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups crinkle frozen carrots
1 cup fast cooking barley
1/2 bag frozen green beans
3 medium potatoes or 2 large ones- peeled and cubed
1 can tomato paste
1 TBSP dried onions or onion powder
1 TBSP basil
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf (remove when soup is done.)
Brown ground beef in beef broth. Dump into pot. Add all vegetables and tomato paste and spices. Add water until vegetables are covered. Let it simmer for over an hour. Add biscuits, dinner rolls or cornbread.
* Tomorrow, the second edition of the spooky diner that Abby has wondered in on midnight on Halloween! And Saturday, the answer to Jen's tag of 7 things!