Over A Cup: ‘Quick Soup’ for a Cold Day

‘Quick Soup’

• 8 ounces cooked Polish sausage (or substitute another cooked sausage)

• 2 cups water

• 1 (10 ounces) package frozen mixed vegetables

• 1 tablespoon dried minced onion

• 1 tablespoon dried chopped green pepper

• 1 (11 1/2- ounce) can condensed bean with bacon soup

Put the 2 cups of water, frozen vegetables, dried onion and green pepper in a saucepan. Mix. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. Meanwhile, cut the sausage into thin slices. When the vegetables are ready, do not drain them. Add the bean with bacon soup and sausage slices. Stir. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the mixture is heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

I don’t know about you, but with the cold weather we’ve been having lately about all we want to eat is soup.

Most of the soup recipes I have require lots of chopping of vegetables and cooking meats, and sometimes I just don’t have a lot of cooking time. So it’s great to have some quick soup recipes on hand.

This week’s recipe for “Quick Soup” is a combination of mixed vegetables, bean with bacon soup, and sausage. To make it you’ll need: 8 ounces of cooked Polish sausage (or another sausage such as Beef Polska Kielbasa- I like Polish sausage best); 2 cups water; 1 (10-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables; 1 tablespoon dried minced onion; 1 tablespoon dried chopped green pepper; 1 (11 1/2-ounce) can condensed bean with bacon soup; and grated Parmesan cheese (if desired).

The soup just doesn’t taste the same if you don’t use the dried onion and green pepper. Also, I’ve found that different brands of bean with bacon soup have different flavors so choose one that you like.

In a large saucepan, combine the water, frozen vegetables, and dried onion and green pepper. Stir. Then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are just tender.

Meantime, cut the sausage into thin slices. When the vegetables are ready, do not drain. To the vegetable mixture add the bean with bacon soup and the sausage slices. Bring the mixture to a boil again and then simmer, covered, for a minute or so, until the mixture is warmed through. Serve with a little Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serve with a crisp lettuce salad and some hot rolls. It makes a great meal for a cold night.

I need recipes! If you have a recipe you would like to share with readers, call me at 824-8809 or write to me at P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626.

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