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Soups & Sauces

 
Chicken & Rice Soup
Vegetable Beef Soup
Taco Soup
Beef Stew
Beef Gravy
Herb Gravy
Pizza Sauce
Sweet & Sour Sauce

Chicken & Rice Soup
6 cups chicken bouillon broth
1 cup cubed chicken 
cup sliced carrots
cup sliced celery
cup chopped onion
cup uncooked rice
tsp basil
dash pepper
  1. Combine broth, cooked or uncooked chicken, carrots, celery, onion, rice, parsley, basil, and pepper in a medium saucepan.  
  2. Bring to a rapid boil and simmer covered for 20 minutes. 
  3. Thicken soup with a roux of 2 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water.  
Makes about 8 cups.  

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Vegetable Beef Soup
pound ground beef, browned
cup onion, chopped 
6 cups beef bouillon broth
8 oz can tomato sauce
2 carrots, sliced 
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 potato, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp uncooked white rice
Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp dry parsley
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cumin
  1. Brown ground beef and onion in a stock pot.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.  
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. 
Makes 2 quarts.    

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Taco Soup  

1 pound ground beef
cup diced onion
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes 
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained
1 (17 ounce) can whole kernel corn, with liquid
1 package taco seasoning (start with 1 Tbsp seasoning or less, then add more if needed.)

  1. Brown beef and onion in a frying pan.  Drain grease.  Put in a large pot.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Ladle soup in bowls. Top each bowl with a handful of crushed tortilla chips and a sprinkle of shredded cheese, if desired.

Note: Substitute 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp salt for one package of taco seasoning.

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Beef Stew
1 pound beef, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 Tbsp oil
3 cups beef bouillon broth
tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
cup cold water
2 Tbsp cornstarch
  1. In a large saucepan, brown beef in oil. Add broth, salt and pepper. Heat to a boil. Cover and simmer 2 hours, till beef is almost tender.  
  2. Stir in vegetables and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Mix cold water and cornstarch together, then gradually stir into stew. Heat to a boil and stir 1 minute more to thicken. 
Makes about 2 quarts.

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Beef Gravy 
2 cups beef bouillon broth
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp margarine (or drippings)
tsp onion powder
tsp salt
dash of pepper
  1. In a small saucepan heat mix cold broth and cornstarch with a wire whisk.
  2. Add margarine, onion powder, salt, and pepper.   
  3. Cook until thickened, stirring frequently.

Makes 2 cups. 

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Herb Gravy
2 cups water
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp margarine (or drippings)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp sage
1/8 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp
pepper
  1. In a small saucepan mix cold water and cornstarch with a wire whisk. 
  2. Add margarine, onion powder, salt, and pepper, sage and thyme.  
  3. Cook until thickened, stirring frequently.

Makes 2 cups.  

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Pizza Sauce

8 ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp parsley flakes
1/8 tsp basil leaf
1/8 tsp ground oregano
pinch garlic powder
Mix together. Spread on one large pizza.    Note:  Great for dipping breadsticks.

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Sweet and Sour Sauce
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp catsup
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan to mix well.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

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