Monday, July 1, 2013
Hello everyone, so I made this soup a little over a year ago and I was very surprised with the result. Originally I found this recipe on pintrest http://shewhomakes.blogspot.jp/2011/08/first-day-favorite.html. At first I have to admit I was a bit hesitant but its very good. I changed some ingredients and added some of my own but basically you can take any recipe and create it into whatever you please. I will tell you it doesn't taste like a cheeseburger but its still very flavorful and if you like soups any time of the year like I do you will love this one. Sometimes you just a bowl of soup, your favorite chick flick and a warm fuzzy blanket to end a busy day or week. At least that is how I like to unwind if that is not your thing then have a bowl of soup with whatever your "thing" is. Let's check out the recipe shall we?
1-2 potatoes diced and peeled (use two if they are small, use one if they are large)
2 bay leaves
1 pound of extra lean ground beef
2-3 carrots peeled and diced
2 celery stalks diced
4 slices of Velveeta cheese or just make your own cheese sauce
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion diced
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of parsley fresh or dried
3 chicken bullion cubes
6 cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 slices of crispy bacon diced (optional)
Grab a big pot or dutch oven, heat up some extra virgin olive oil and add the ground beef, drain if you need to but if you use extra lean ground beef you wont need to at all. Add in all the veggies. Let the veggies sweat just until you can see through the onions. Throw in your seasonings, bay leaves, water and chicken bullion cubes. Cook everything on medium heat until the soup comes to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium low usually around 3 or a 4 and let simmer until the potatoes and carrots are soft (normally around 5 minutes or so depending on how small you cut them.) Then add in the cheese or if you made homemade cheese sauce add that in. Turn off the heat and keep stirring your soup until all the cheese is melted and incorporated through out the soup. Grab a ladle or a really big spoon and spoon up some this soup with a salad and dinner is done. From beginning to end including the prep it takes about 45 minutes to make.
Who says you can only have soup in the winter? Not me that is for sure. Take care everyone and Live, Laugh and Love.