Brrrr! Another cold and dreary day. It is 24 degrees outside and we are expecting up to three inches of snow and ice tonight. Ick!
It is Saturday afternoon. We were out late last night and napping on the couch seems like a good way to spend the day. I would love a big bowl of hearty soup for supper. Then, I would like to watch a movie or two on the television in front of the fireplace. It will be a very cozy and comforting evening.
I have the ingredients for beef vegetable soup and sausage potato soup. I think I will make both of them at the same time. I will assemble them and simmer them on the stove for the rest of the day. The longer soup cooks, the better it tastes.
I assemble all the ingredients and add oil to two Dutch ovens. The meat is still frozen so I have to defrost it in the microwave. Then, I cut the beef chunks into bite sized pieces and brown them in the Dutch oven. I fry the sausage and and crumble the meat. Hint: A potato masher is a great tool for breaking up ground meat into smaller pieces.
I drain the sausage on several layers of paper towels. Meanwhile, I season the browned beef chunks with 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Then, I add the beef broth, vegetables, and tomatoes. I stir the pot, cover it, and set it to simmer. Note: I am using onion powder instead real onions.
Then it is time to return the sausage to the others Dutch oven, season it with onion powder, add the chicken broth, and simmer.
I start peeling and dicing the potatoes and add to soups. I add 3 cups of milk and two cups of water to the sausage soup. I have a small nick on my thumb from peeling the potatoes but it is not bleeding.?
Both soups are bubbling merrily on the stove and smell amazing. I am headed to the couch for a short nap. I need to remember to stir the soup occasionally. The milk in the sausage soup could scald and turn brown.
Soup is ready. I add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the sausage soup. I like it to be thicker so I Mix two tablespoon of cornstarch into 1/2 cup cold water until blended and then stir the cornstarch mixture into the simmering sausage soup. The sausage soup thickens up nicely and we are ready to eat. We should have leftovers for several days.
We are eating our yummy soup with leftover breadsticks from the Olive Garden. The soup is hot, healthy, and delicious! The vegetable soup is chock full of vegetables and chunks of tender beef and tomatoes. The sausage soup is creamy and filling.
Vegetable Beef Soup
1 lb beef stew meat ( sliced into bite size chunks)
2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
1 diced onion or 1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups beef broth
1- 12 ounce packages frozen mixed vegetables
1 – 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 potato, peeled and diced.
Cut meat into small, bite-size (1/2″) pieces.
In a large pot or dutch oven, saute meat in 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high heat until all sides are brown.
Set meat aside on a plate while sautéing onion in 1 tablespoon oil until golden (about 10 minutes).
Add browned beef, onion powder if preferred, garlic powder, salt and pepper, water, broth, tomatoes with juice, diced potatoes, and frozen vegetables.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until beef is almost tender, about an hour.
1 lb hot and spicy sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
1 tablespoon cooking oil
3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed.
1⁄2 cup onion, chopped or 1 tablespoon onion powder
4 cups chicken broth
1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
3 cups milk
¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon cornstarch
½ cup water
Brown sausage in 1 tablespoon of oil and crumble into small pieces. Place meat on several layers of paper towels to drain grease.
Saute diced onions in Dutch oven until browned or place crumbled sausage back in the pan and season with add 1 tablespoon of onion powder.
Stir in chicken broth, milk, and thyme.
Add diced potatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer for at least one hour
Stir in Parmesan cheese.
To thicken, stir two tablespoons of cornstarch into 1/2 cup of cold water until blended. Add to simmering soup and stir until blended.
Some fresh ingredients like spinach, onions, or carrots would have made an even better tasting soup. Nevertheless, it is so easy and satisfying to make a great tasting soup from the ingredients in your pantry and freezer and even leftovers.