PEGGI'S ITALIAN SOUP/ WITH OR WITHOUT CHEESE

Peggi Anne Tebben

By
@cookiequeen

I got the idea for part of this soup from a get together at an elderly woman's house about 30 years ago. I added Italian seasoning, tomato juice instead of just water & added cabbage, mushrooms, cheese & garlic & made it my own. My family loves it.


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Serves:

Makes a big pot

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

2 lb
hamburger or deer burger
4 Tbsp
butter
5 medium
red potatoes, with skins on, cubed into bite size pieces
1 small
head of cabbage -cut into large pieces
1 large
onion, cut into thick slivers
1/3
stalk of celery, cut into bite size pieces
6 medium
carrots, cut into bite size chunks
10
pieces fresh okra, cut into bite size pieces (seasonal & optional)
10
fresh mushrooms, cut in half
1 qt
tomato juice
1 qt
stewed tomatoes, italian-style
5 clove
minced garlic
salt & pepper , to taste
3 Tbsp
italian seasoning (may use more)
2 lb
velveeta cheese, cut in cubes

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In 4 T. butter brown onions, mushrooms, celery & garlic in skillet until just soft. Salt & pepper to taste.
Doing this gives it a better flavor than just throwing it all in a pan & boiling it.
2
In another skillet, brown burger.
3
In 5 qt. dutch oven, bring to a boil,in the tomato juice, the potatoes, cabbage, carrots & okra & continue cooking on medium-high heat. Add as little water as possible to just cover them. Boil 10 minutes.
4
Add the stewed tomatoes, mushroom mixture & burger mixture to potato mixture & continue cooking on low heat for about 20 more minutes.
5
Turn off heat & add Italian seasoning & the Velveeta. Just make sure all is hot. Do not cook very long or things will mush. All together, I would only cook it about 30 minutes, at the most.
6
You can omit the cheese if you want , but adding creates a whole new flavor. The picture shown is one bowl with cheese & one bowl without. I also use home canned tomato juice & stewed tomatoes, so if you use store bought, use lg cans of each.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef Soups
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy