Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What's Cooking Wednesday?

It is cold (and snowing) outside right now. So, I thought I would share my two favorite soup recipes. These are both from a sweet family friend from Will's Dad's church in Alabama. These are staples in our house during the winter-time, and, if I've every brought you a meal (for new baby, illness, etc.), chances are you had one of these.

Easy Potato Soup
1 large can (like 48oz. size) chicken broth
1 (2-lb.) bag of hash brown potatoes (Will's likes the cubed potatoes best, but shredded potatoes will work too)
1 large onion, chopped
1 pint whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste
Cook onion in broth until softened. Add potatoes. Cook 15-20 minutes. Add whipping cream, salt and pepper. Thicken with cornstarch or flour if desired (mix with a little water before adding to soup). Top with bacon bits and grated cheese. Serves: 4-6.

Taco Soup
1-lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 can chili beans
2 can water
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
Brown meat and onion; drain. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Serve with corn chips and shredded cheese. Serves: 4-6.

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