Saturday, February 20, 2010

Garbage Soup, Anyone??

So, I happen to be blessed with an Italian grandmother who loves to cook and has passed down many of her recipes to me.  This is one of her recipes that I have tweaked a bit for the low-cal concerned.  Remember, you can always substitute frozen or canned veggies for the fresh ones I use here if you are in a hurry. Hope you enjoy!

You'll need the following ingredients:

  1. 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  2. 1 28 ounce can and 1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  3. 1/4 of a head of large cauliflower
  4. 1/4 of a head of cabbage
  5. 1 yellow squash
  6. 1 zucchini
  7. 2 cups of plucked green beans
  8. 1 large sweet onion
  9. 5 carrots
  10. 1 cup of corn kernels that have been shaved off the cob
  11. 1 tbsp. of Salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1 tbsp. of tomato and chicken flavored bullion

The most time consuming part of this meal is in the preparation.  First, you will want to take all of your vegetables and clean and chop them into small bite-sized pieces. 

 Once all your veggies are chopped, take your lean ground beef and put it in a large saucepan.  Cook the meat until all of it is brown.  Once the meat is thoroughly cooked, drain it in a colander to get the majority of the grease off of your meat.

Once your meat is ready, put it in a large soup pot and add your cans of diced tomatoes.  After you put the tomatoes in the soup, take the empty 28 ounce can, fill it up with water, and put it in your soup.  You will need 2 1/2 cans of water added to your soup.  

Cook this for a few minutes, then add your veggies.  Now, when you add your veggies, don't get overwhelmed.  It may look like a lot at first, but they will cook down.  

All you need to do now is cook your soup.  Just hang around for about thirty minutes and stir it occasionally to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.  When the veggies are done cooking, sit down with your family and enjoy! 

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