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peggi's italian soup/ with or without cheese

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a recipe by
Peggi Anne Tebben
Granbury, TX

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.

★★★★★ 1
serves Makes a big pot
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For peggi's italian soup/ with or without cheese

  • 2 lb
    hamburger or deer burger
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 5 md
    red potatoes, with skins on, cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1 sm
    head of cabbage -cut into large pieces
  • 1 lg
    onion, cut into thick slivers
  • 1/3
    stalk of celery, cut into bite size pieces
  • 6 md
    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 or sliced american cheese, torn up in small pieces

How To Make peggi's italian soup/ with or without cheese

  • 1
    In 4 T. butter brown onions, mushrooms, celery & garlic in skillet until al dente . 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.