Everything Veggie Soup

..because I’m the master of thinking of awesome titles for things. 😀 HA! 

So..in my little world we are having a very long winter. As in..it’s April..and still snowing.  No time for festive Spring salads…no sireee..we’re having soup. Lots and lots of soup! I’m not complaining though, soup is my friend.  This soup is a lifesaver soup.  Here’s the brief story.  I hadn’t gone to the store for awhile and soon discovered that we were getting low on ‘stuff’. (you know, chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate covered raisins..) but it was also dinner time, which meant no time to run to the store. So, I opened the fridge, looked at what we had, waved my magic wand, and BOOM! “Everything Veggie Soup” was born. Usually, I shy away from these kinds of meals because you just never know what is really in your fridge, but I was desperate, and hungry.

So, what’s in my “Everything Veggie Soup”? I’m sure it’s probably a very basic veggie soup, but here is my take on it:

Ingredients:

*1 lb. ground hamburger, browned and drained
*3 potatoes, peeled, washed and chopped into small cubes
*3 carrots, peeled, sliced and chopped
*1/2 onion, chopped
*1/2 small bag frozen peas
*1/2 small bag frozen corn
*1 can diced tomatoes-NOT DRAINED
*1 cup alphabet noodles
*2 cans beef broth (I use low sodium)
*4 cans water (I just fill up the cans from the beef broth..easy peasy measuring)
*1 can tomato soup
*1 small can tomato paste
*1 teaspoon Garlic Powder (or to taste)
*1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning (or to taste)
*salt and pepper (to taste)
**Optional: shredded cheese and sour cream

Directions:

*in a skillet, cook hamburger and onions until fully cooked through
*in a medium sized pot, cook noodles according to package
*peel, slice and chop carrots and potatoes. Set aside

*in a large pot on the stove, combine all ingredients EXCEPT the tomato paste
*Bring to a boil, let cook until carrots are soft and tender

*Once carrots and potatoes are soft, lower heat to medium.  Add can of tomato paste. 
*Cook and stir until thickened
*add seasonings to taste (some like it salty, others, not to much)
**When you’re ready to serve and eat, this is when you’ll top it with sour cream and cheese**

The beauty of this soup, is that it’s so versitile. You can leave out the hamburger and replace it with beans instead. You can leave out the potatoes or noodles and replace it with whatever else you like.  If you like it a more soupy soup, add more water/beef broth.  It really depends on what you like your soups to look and taste like.  This is just how I like our soup. 

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