I think this is how I feel every year, but…. can we just appreciate the fact that it is now soup season?!?! I LOVE adding soup into our weekly menus. It’s like adding an entire food group or something. Suddenly, a whole new world of meal options are available. Yes, I recently pinned about 20 new soup recipes and this was the lucky first try.
For the most part, I can’t handle eating the same thing too frequently (ice cream and cheesecake are definitely exceptions), so I am constantly looking up and creating new recipes. We don’t usually repeat a meal for at least 2-3 months and I normally try one new recipe a week. That’s how crazy I am. Even after digging through numerous food blogs and sites, Taste of Home has continually placed first among my favorites. 🙂 They are just plain awesome.
This soup originally came from Taste of Home, although the recipe below will include my edits. How can anyone follow a recipe exactly? It’s just too much fun to make it your own! This is a hearty and healthy soup, so make sure you’re good and hungry!
Zesty Hamburger Soup
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 cups beef broth
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 medium potatoes cubed (I leave the skin on since we like it & it has all the nutrients!)
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 1/2 cups dried spiral pasta
- 2 bell peppers chopped (color of choice)
- 3 cans tomato sauce + 1 1/2 cans water (1/2 can of water in each to get the sauce!)
- 1 can (14 1/2 oz) seasoned diced tomatoes
- 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/6 lb Velveeta cubed
In large soup pot (This made a LOT, so think big…. I’m trying to prepare some freezer meals for after the little one arrives!) cook beef, celery and onion until meat is cooked through. Add in garlic, beef & chicken broth, potatoes, corn, pasta and peppers. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer until pasta & potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Stir occasionally and heat until cheese is melted. Sprinkle your bowl with a little grated parmesan and serve with some whole wheat biscuits!