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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hamburger Soup

My mother always made a pot of homemade vegetable soup using beef stew.  We have tweeked her recipe somewhat and changed the meat to ground chuck.  I have added sweet banana peppers from our garden.  When you have as many peppers as we do, you begin to experiment with some of your recipes.  The white peas in the recipe are fresh peas that we put in the freezer.  This is a simple soup but one that we really like.  Enjoy a bowl of soup with Saltine or Ritz crackers or a grilled cheese sandwich.

                                                             Hamburger Soup

3 lbs. ground chuck
1 large chopped onion
1 - 15 1/4 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
1 - 14.5 oz. can diced new potatoes, drained
6 - 14.5 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes with liquid
3 sweet banana peppers
1 pint white peas
1 Tbsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. salt

Place ground chuck in a dutch oven or large saucepan.  Add chopped onion.  Press down on meat with a fork while cooking to break into small pieces.  Cook meat until done and then drain.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the ground chuck.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for a couple of hours.  Remove the banana peppers and discard. 

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