We will have soup for breakfast, and soup for lunch. And for dinner we will have broth! - my 10-yr-old son

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ground Beef Soup

I've been fighting a cold and not feeling peppy.  Two of my boys and my husband are sick as well and they all requested soup.  Since I wasn't wanting to spend a lot of time 'prepping' I made a lazy soup...and we loved it.

1 onion, pureed
2 or 3 large carrots, peeled and pureed
2 or 3 cloves garlic, pureed
2 to 4 quarts broth (depending on how much soup you need to make)
1 to 2 pounds ground beef
a few handfuls broccoli heads (stalks removed, just the little flowery parts)
several large handfuls of spinach, sliced small
2 large leaves of kale, cut into tiny pieces
2 zucchini, made into "noodles" (use a julienne peeler or spiralizer)

Puree the onion, carrots and garlic.  Add to a large stock pot with the broth and bring to a boil.  Once it's boiling drop in small bits of ground beef, no fancy meatballs this time around.  Alternately, you could dump the whole chunk of meat in and use a masher or spoon to break it up as it cooks.  After adding the beef, reduce heat and cover with a lid.  Let simmer 15 to 20 minutes.  Add the broccoli and let cook about 10 minutes.  Add the zucchini noodles, kale and spinach.  Cook about 5 minutes or until zucchini noodles are soft.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I cooked this until the broccoli and other veggies were MUSH.  Several of us had sore throats and didn't want to swallow "rough" things.

Fast, easy, tasty, very nourishing.  This would also be great with sauerkraut or kimchi, avocados and olive oil drizzled on top.

This is a Stage 1 recipe.

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