Saturday, February 8, 2014

Santa's Favorite Stew! The Official North Pole Soup! Best in the World!

My husband makes this phenomenal beef veggie soup. This is definitely for either cold or rainy, stormy weather when you need to warm up inside and want to feel nestled and cozy. Its guaranteed to give the ones you love that "Home-feeling" inside. 

Well, Santa stopped by one day to pick up some supplies and couldn't help but to get a huge whiff of this wafting through the house. Of course, we invited him for lunch.  He had 2 big bowls and its now his all time favorite. Mrs. Santa called me for the recipe and said he couldn't stop talking about it. Now she makes it on a regular basis for Santa and the elves. Even his reindeer sneak a little nibble if one of the elves leaves a bowl down while they're grabbing some warm buttery biscuits fresh from the oven.

Try it for your Mr. Claus and little helpers! Its sure to become a family favorite for them, too!

Ingredients:

2 lbs of beef stew meat
1 pkg of Soup Greens
1.5 yellow onions
3 celery ribs
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup of mushrooms
28 oz can of Hunt's diced tomato
3.5 cups of beef base
2 bay leaves
3 cloves of fresh garlic (the one if the glass jar...use garlic press when adding to soup)
a few shakes of garlic powder
2 T of olive oil
2 t hot pepper sauce
Pepper
Italian Seasoning
Oregano
Red pepper flakes
7.5 cups of water


Directions:

Cut meat in 1/2" pieces

In large pot, sauté meat in 1 T olive oil on medium-high heat until all sides are brown.

Set aside on plate.

Chop celery, onion, potatoes and carrots in bite size pieces.

Sauté celery, onion and fresh garlic in remaining 1 T oil until onion is golden, about 10 minutes.

Add beef, water, beef base, tomatoes with juices, carrots, potatoes, corn, bay leaves, mushroom, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer covered but with lid a jarred so steam can escape from side. Simmer until beef is almost tender. About 1 hour.

Add peas and hot sauce to soup.

Cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 30 minutes longer.

Serve and season with ground pepper and hot sauce.

Don't forget the warmed biscuits or egg knots with butter!

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