Hearty Hodgepodge Soup

We are clinging onto Winter.  Therefore, we welcome a couple more soups to add to the menu.  At my house, we call this the rotation.  The rotation of things that will warm our bones.   I love so many things about this soup.  The simplicity, the heartiness, the rich flavor.  I also love my friend, Jessica that shared this with me.  There are many ways to make this soup depending on your time and taste buds. 

 

1 cup chopped onions ( I use onion soup mix instead)

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped bell pepper

1 can Rotel tomatoes (I used plain canned diced tomatoes)

2 cans Minestrone soup

2 cans ranch style beans with jalapeno ( I use beans without jalapeno), undrained

1 can mushrooms, drained  ( if you use fresh mushrooms, saute’ with the meat)

2 pounds stew meat (cut in bite size pieces) or hamburger browned and seasoned  ( I used Tony’s for the seasoning)

Brown the stew meat in a skillet with a little oil.  I seasoned with a dash of Tony’s seasoning and the Lipton Onion Soup Mix. Halfway through the browning of the meat, I added the celery and bell pepper.

Mix the tomatoes, Minestrone soup, and beans into a crock pot.  Next. add the meat and veggies and simmer in a crock pot.

Can be served either over rice or with cornbread,

Easily modified to fit taste.  You can use Rotel with green chilies, or not.  Ranch Style Beans with jalapeno, or not.  Canned mushrooms or fresh.  Fresh onion or Lipton Onion Soup Mix.  You are the boss of this soup.  Enjoy.

Can add beef broth for extra liquid if needed.

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