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Homemade Soup on a Frigid Day

On a cold nasty day like today, there’s nothing better than a piping hot bowl of hearty soup. It’s even better if the soup is homemade. I made a pot of soup last Saturday, and I’m still enjoying it. I was really happy I brought my leftovers with me to work today when I poked my head out the door and felt the icy wind cut right through me.

I was inspired to make soup by my friend and coworker, Tom, who brought a similar soup to work last week. His lunch smelled so good that I sat down and talked soup with him. He kindly shared his recipe with me, which was similar to this one. He has more vegetables and some legumes in his. He inspired me to use ground beef in my recipe where I usually use chicken or venison stew meat. I found that I really enjoy the extra layer of texture the ground beef gave my soup.

My recipe is simplicity itself and extremely economical. In fact, most people already have all of the ingredients on hand, so it takes next to no planning. As with nearly all of my recipes, this one is easily customized. If you don’t want to use ground beef, you can use chicken, venison, pork, elk, buffalo, turkey, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Hearty Winter Soup

Ingredients 1 Pound Ground Beef 1 Can Green Beans 1 Can Carrots 1 Can Peas 1 Can Corn 1/2 Pound of New Potatoes, Washed and Cut in Half 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper Dash of Salt 1 Teaspoon of Weber Roasted Garlic and Herb Seasoning, Optional

Directions Brown the ground beef and drain. Pour the drained ground beef in your slow cooker. Toss in the new potatoes. Add the cans of green beans, carrots, peas, and corn including the broth in which they are packed. Add enough water to cover the meat and veggies and have about an inch of extra water. This is soup, after all. Add the spices. Mix thoroughly. Cover with slow cooker lid and cook on low for four hours. Serve alone or with warm hot rolls.

On a cold winter’s day, your slow cooker can be your best friend. Have fun and experiment. You really can’t go wrong with something from your slow cooker.

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