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!
Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am
I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am
Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm