This blog will be short and sweet! Phil and I have just returned from a FABULOUS cruise. Can you guess which one we took? If you guessed the Paula Deen Cruise to Honduras, Belize and Mexico you are a winner!
After eating all of the divine food and enjoying the wonderful frozen beverages, we were both ready for something simple and delicious. It was cold in Albany when we left and just as dreary when we returned. Nothing better than a large pot of homemade vegetable soup was screaming from the kitchen when we settled back in. When I say large, I mean enough to freeze and share. This recipe that I am going to share with you sounds difficult, but it is so easy and gives you a reason to clean out the freezer. Yes, I am a hoarder and I save every little bit of any kind of leftovers. All the reason to make a pot of soup that will hit the spot on the cold nights ahead.
HOMEMADE VEGETABLE SOUP
1 pound of ground chuck
1 onion chopped
1 cup of chopped bell pepper
1 cup of chopped celery
1 (10 ¾ ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 ¾ ounce) can cream of celery soup
1 (20 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (46 ounce) can V-8 juice
1 (16 ounce) bag of frozen mixed vegetables
4 potatoes peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
(I had a ham bone left from Christmas in the freezer and threw it in along with any veggies that I had frozen)
Brown ground chuck, onions, pepper and celery. Drain off fat. Add soups, 1 soup can of water, tomatoes, V-8 juice and vegetables and ham bone. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste. I cook mine on low heat for hours! Stir occasionally to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pot. I double the recipe so that I can have some for my neighbors, parents, and friends. One recipe will serve approx. 12 people You will not be sorry if you take my advice – DOUBLE!
Wanda Sellers gave me this recipe years ago and I cannot tell you how many times that I have shared it. Serve this with lacey cornbread, regular cornbread, or just saltines.
I can’t wait to have a bowl. How about you????
Love and hugs!
Wonderful ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing this information about such a great occasion! Cindy, your ideas always helpful and creative.
Sandra in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 15, 2013 at 10:59 am
Everyone calls Paula dean because i cook for friends and family and they say i talk like Paula tho i am 71and never as pretty as Paula i want to be like Paula i love her and her family
normal maskell in The Great Party Challenge on June 12, 2013 at 10:11 am
Susan Lott is a great party planner! She has tons of great ideas that she needs to share with the online world. I have been begging her to start a Facebook page or Etsy account. The graduation gift that she made me was hand drawn with my name and different definitions for each letter. She framed it and I cherish it.....I also would have paid about $50 for it in a store. Thanks for sharing her idea but this idea is nothing compared to some of her other quick and money saving tips! You should hire her for your creative team!
Love you Susu!
Adrienne Hilliard in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm
I love this idea!! It is too cute!
Sandi K in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm