Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What is it About a Pot of Soup?

I don't know about you, but I love making soup in the fall and winter months!  There is something so satisfying about having a pot of soup simmering on the stove, sending its savory aroma to the far corners of the house.

My family's all-time favorite soup is Cheeseburger Soup.  They absolutely love this soup!!  In fact, I've never served this soup to anyone, adult or child, who did not like it.  Almost everyone goes for a second helping, and many ask for the recipe!

I will admit that it is a bit more work than the average soup recipe, but well worth the effort!  And if you happen to have a food processor, it cuts down on the chopping time immensely.  So, without any further ado, here is the most oft requested recipe from my personal collection:

Cheeseburger Soup!

In a large dutch oven, brown the following ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup diced celery

Cook until the vegetables are tender and the meat is brown.  Add:

6 cups chicken broth
8 cups coarsely chopped potatoes
2 tsp parsley
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Bring to a boil; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  (If it will be awhile before you serve the soup, turn stove to lowest temperature and let simmer softly until about thirty minutes before you are ready to eat.)

About thirty minutes before the meal:


4 TBSP butter

Add to the butter:

1/2 cup flour

Stir well with a wire whisk, cooking until hot and bubbly.  Add:

3 cups whole milk
4 cups grated cheddar cheese

Cook until thickened and add to soup.  (This can be done on the stovetop or in the microwave.  I generally do it in the microwave.) 

Stir soup frequently until heated through.  Serve right away, or keep on very low heat, stirring often so it does not stick. 

Serve with fresh whole wheat rolls and a tossed salad.

Note:  I always DOUBLE the above amounts for my family of twelve.

Here is another soup recipe, which my Mom sent me to try.  I made this yummy soup for supper tonight.

Sicillian Italian Sausage Soup

1 tsp olive oil, heated
1 pound Italian sausage, crumbled
1 large onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 tsp fennel seed

3 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
4 cups chicken broth
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (or ½ TBSP dried)
2 TBSP chopped fresh basil (or ½ tsp dried)

½ cup Ditalini pasta, (or small shells or any small pasta of choice, including tortellini)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese (for top)

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan; add the sausage, onions, garlic, and fennel seed; cok on high unitil sausage is brown, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the carrots and celery.  Continue cooking for about 5 more minutes, until veggies begin to color.

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, parsley, and basil; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Stir in pasta, salt and pepper.  Cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.

Serve with grated parmesan cheese on top of each serving. 

NOTE: I made a few adjustments to the recipe.  First of all, I used a good bit more olive oil than the recipe called for, because my sausage started sticking.  Then, I chopped my carrots and celery in the food processor, rather than slicing them.  Also, I had a couple zucchini in the fridge that needed used, so I coarsely chopped the zucchini and threw them in, which I think was a nice addition to the soup.  Then, per my Mom's suggestion, I added the 1/2 cup parmesan cheese to the soup and then topped each serving with a spoonful of shredded parmesan cheese.  I also doubled everything for my family, which made a huge pot full.  I served the soup with a loaf of garlic bread and a big tossed salad for a very satisfying meal.


Mrs. Stam said...

those soups sounds so delicious! I love fall and soup :-) The Italian one is tempting me but it's almost bedtime, and am sure I'll be dreaming about it!!!

Rebecca's Refining said...

I love cheeseburger soup!! My favorite way to serve it is to make homemade bread soup bowls! It is delicious! :)

Donna G. said...

Oh, I LOVE soup! Thanks for posting these delicious-sounding recipes, Elizabeth!

mommyx12 said...

Oh thank you for these recipes. Especially the Hamburger one. I was looking forward to it!

Jessica said...

YAY! We are going to D.C. this weekend, but my plan for next week will definitely include the cheeseburger soup, and maybe the Sicilian one as well.!!

tlmalcolm said...

I was looking for one more soup recipe to add to our supper on Saturday for our "Potluck" group. The Italian one will do just fine. I'm making a Curry corn chowder with shimp as the other soup. Thanks for posting this recipe just in time.

September said...

Sooo glad to have stopped by here today... I am on the same page with you... fall brings out th baking and such in me also!
I just posted my caramel corn recipe too.
I LOVE, love, LOVE soups... you have probably found this to be true also.. but having a large family, and soup go really well together! We eat homemade soup a lot,,
and NOW...
I have your two new recipes to try!
I am so excited... thank you forsharing them!
(Hope you and your family are all well. ) :)

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