Sunday, March 18, 2007

Shared Soups

Robyn’s Taco Soup
Quick and easy!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 envelope ranch seasoning
1 can kidney beans-DO NOT DRAIN
1 can chili beans-DO NOT DRAIN
1 can corn-DO NOT DRAIN
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 8oz can of water

Brown hamburger with taco and ranch seasonings. Drain fat if any. Then add all other ingredients and let simmer till heated through. Serve with tortilla chips and have some sour cream and shredded cheese ready on the table and it’s time to eat! Then people can top it with what they like best. Enjoy!

Zesty Minestrone

(submitted by Sharon)

1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1 cup chopped onions (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
1/2 cup chopped carrots (about 1 medium)
1 can (14 1/2-0z) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (19-oz) red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
2 cans (14-oz each) vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 cups small shell macaroni, uncooked
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Heat dressing in a large nonstick skillet on medium high heat. Add onions, celery and carrots; cook 2 min or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Spoon into slow cooker. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, water and Italian seasoning; stir. Cover with lid.

Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Stir in macaroni and cook for 15 more minutes until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

Mom's Potato Soup

3 cups diced, peeled potatoes uncooked
1/2 cup diced celery
1 1/2 cups chicken bullion (2 cubes with 1 1/2 cups hot water)
1/2 cup onion diced
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp chives, chopped (optional)

Cook potatoes, celery and onion in bullion, water and salt. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender. DO NOT OVERCOOK potatoes - you almost want them a little undercooked. Do not drain off liquid. Add 1 cup of the milk and heat. Watch so that it doesn't burn. In a medium bowl, mix sour cream, flour and remaining milk. Add that mixture to the potato mixture. Cook over low heat until thick and heated through. I like to serve this with a little grated cheese on top.

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