January 19, 2015

Soup For the Crew

After two straight days of preparing for the vet to come I finally felt ready. I like to feed the crew that comes to help and with the weather being chilly I decided to make some soup.
I got this wonderful recipe for cheeseburger soup from a sister in law. Sometimes I make it thick and other times I make it more soup like. Either way it is delicious and leftovers are rare! Sometimes I double it so we can have it more than once, and it is even better the second day.

Cheeseburger Soup
1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups beef broth
4 cups diced potatoes
1/8 cup flour
8 ounces Velveeta cheese (cubed)
1 1/2 cup milk

While the ground beef is browning, chop up all your vegetables and the cheese. Set aside the browned meat. Saute the onions, celery, carrots, basil, and parsley with the butter in a stock pot. This will make your kitchen smell DIVINE. Once well cooked, but not browned, add the beef broth, potatoes and cooked ground beef. *If you want a thicker type of soup, mix the flour with the cooked ground beef before you add it. You may need more beef broth to boil the potatoes, so add as needed. I usually leave the flour out because I like it more soup like. You could just add half the flour too. Cover and simmer for about 12 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Add the milk and cheese. Reheat until cheese melts and soup is hot. Add the salt and pepper to taste. 

Ok, really that is too easy for this tasty soup. The most time consuming is all the chopping, but you can do that while the meat cooks. This is a potluck favorite!

The preg-checking went just fine with no major mishaps. There was one cow that always turns left year after year when she's suppose to turn right. And every year she nearly eats one or some of us. Don't ask me why we still have a couple mean cows... They are dwindling in numbers though. I think we only have 2 or 3 people chasers and about that many horse chasers. We were happy with our percentage of breed back, and very happy with our heifers, which all bred. It's getting them to breed back after their first calf that is the tuff part. We were a little late in the season getting it done, but better late than not at all!

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