Every family has staple foods! My family’s favorite meals include tacos, spaghetti, grilled chicken salad, hamburgers, pizza and soup. Though the biggest crowd pleaser seems to be what the kids call “Mommy Soup”. Mommy Soup is one of the kids (4 and 8) favorite meals to both help prepare and eat. They never seem to tire of it! My oldest child has been eating this soup for 7 years now, almost 3 days a week every other week. Surprisingly, he still gets excited when he sees me get the ingredients out.
Making Soup for Dinner
This beany soup is full of veggies, economical and very easy to make, mostly requiring a lot of dumping and a little chopping. It is the perfect meal year round. Hearty enough to be a main course by adding a seasonal side. In the summer just add a salad or fruit. In the winter, a hearty bread would round out the meal. Making this soup a win for all! No, mom guilt here!
Tips: If you are not very knife savvy like me, my favorite handy dandy tool in the kitchen is the Progressive Onion chopper (linked to the one like mine). Progressive Onion chopper gets a nice even dice every time and a bonus is that the kids can help. Also, for a little healthier soup, use ground turkey instead of beef.
Mommy’s Soup Recipe
- 1 lb of Ground Beef
- 2 Medium carrots, julienned (1¼ cup) (I use a bag of pre-cut matchstick carrots)
- 1 Onion, diced (1¼ cup)
- 4 Celery stalks, diced (1¼ cup)
- 1 Teaspoon of garlic powder
- 2 15-ounce cans of tomato sauce
- 2 15-ounce cans of light red kidney beans (with liquid)
- 1 15-ounce can of great northern beans (with liquid)
- 16- ounces of V-8 Juice
- 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar
- 1½ Teaspoons salt
- 1½ Teaspoons of chili powder
- 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 Teaspoon dried basil
- ½ Teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ Teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ Box of Ditalini pasta - prepared
- Italian cheese
- Brown the ground beef with ½ teaspoon of chili powder in a large pot over medium heat. Drain off most of the fat.
- Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic powder and sauté for about 15 minutes.
- Dump in remaining ingredients, except pasta and simmer for about 1 hour.
- Cook the pasta in a separate pot following the directions for al dente. About 7 minutes.
- Add the pasta into the soup and let simmer for 5 more minutes. (I usually keep the pasta and the soup separate and combine in the bowls. Keeps the noodle from becoming over cooked when reheated).
- Ladle into bowls and top with grated Italian Cheese
Would you try this recipe? What is your family’s favorite meal?