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Lasagna Soup on a Cold & Windy Day

Over the past 24 hours we have had close to 3 1/2″ of rain! The good thing is that the temperature never got super low so we aren’t worrying about the state of our livestock like we have in certain previous situations. My mind can’t help but float back almost a year ago to Storm Atlas. That storm made us all gun shy. Every time there is an impending storm it causes us to become uneasy (well, it does for us at least). It is hard not to have that reaction after what happened. I’m happy to say that the worst of our worries right now is the gumbo mud. We were under a flood watch also, but that turned out to be nothing. Let me just say that I’m super happy this storm came now and not later. We are scheduled to ship our calves on Monday and then we will be preg checking our cows the next day. Images of my dad dragging out the cattle pots last fall are all too vivid in my mind. I’ll take a little dust on Monday as well as in the few proceeding days if need be. The more dust…..the more certain we are that our trucks will get out of here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not cussing the moisture. We needed it!

I’m happy to be in the house for a few days. I had some baking to do for our upcoming busy days. The mud has afforded me the luxury of spending some time in the kitchen. Yesterday I made Molasses Cookies (or Ginger Snaps as some folks call them). I also made the dough for Crispies (which I will finish later today). Today, I decided that a new soup was in order. The wind is absolutely howling outside…..and I mean HOWLING!!!! Perhaps it’s good that it is as it will dry some of the mud up, but holy cow!!!

A new soup…..hmmmmm…..what could that be? I know…..I had stumbled upon a Lasagna Soup recipe some time ago and hadn’t made it yet. Here comes the fun part though….seeing if I had everything to make it. I hadn’t gotten groceries for almost a week and we had company……my supplies had dwindled. I started looking around and decided I could substitute an item or two and then I decided to make the recipe the way I wanted to…..imagine that. 🙂

So, here goes…..my version of…….

Lasagna Soup

  • 8 ounces Lasagna Noodles, broken into pieces (about 10 noodles)
  • 1 TB Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 TB Sugar
  • 1 ½ lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 TB. Oregano
  • 1 TB. Basil
  • 1 TB. Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 1 TB. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 small can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 large can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream or Half & Half

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook as the label directs.

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Drain; drizzle with olive oil and toss. *I used half a box of Ziti and half a box of Bowtie pasta. Don’t judge….I live way out in the country.* 🙂

Meanwhile, brown the ground beef with onion over medium heat.

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Add the garlic, oregano, and basil after a few minutes continuing to cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until browned.

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Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and beef broth.

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Cover, and bring to a simmer. Uncover and cook until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes.

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Stir in the noodles and heavy cream.

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Simmer 2 more minutes. Serve.

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I can’t believe I haven’t made this soup before. It’s delicious and definitely was needed on a day such as this. Hope you give it a try! 🙂 ~Cheyenne

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Cheyenne’s Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

It’s a cold one out there today…..-25 when we woke up. Nothing unnecessary gets done outside on days like this. Shane fed this morning leaving Stone and me at home base. It’s always good to have us at home on days like this with a radio in case he gets stalled, stuck, or has problems. Plus, it’s not wise to have a child out in weather like this either. I decided to make Shane’s favorite soup for lunch…..a way to thank him for braving the cold and letting us stay warm at home. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had hamburger soup or cheeseburger soup, but if you have this version is sure to delight you! I actually made this recipe up and after some trial and error I feel that I came up with a winner. So, here goes:

Cheyenne’s Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

  • 4-5 slices of Bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ lbs. of Hamburger
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup of shredded or grated carrots
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 4 oz. can of Green Chiles, diced
  • 3 cups of water
  • 4 cube of Beef Bouillon
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups of Milk
  • Thickener:  ½ cup of Milk and 3 TB. Of Flour
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups of Velveeta, cubed

Cut up the bacon and put in a large soup pot to brown over medium heat.

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After it is half done, put in the hamburger.

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Break the burger up into little pieces while it cooks, blending it with the bacon. As the hamburger cooks, add the diced onion.

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Allow to cook together for a bit until the hamburger is brown. Add the potatoes, carrots, garlic, and green chiles.

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Stir together and cook for a few minutes. Add the water, beef bouillon cubes, and seasonings.

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Allow to boil for a 15-20 minutes to allow the vegetables to soften. Add the milk and heat through. In the meantime, using a whisk mix up the thickener.

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Then slowly add it to the hot soup. Once mixed in, add the cubed Velveeta and allow to melt….stirring quite often.

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Once the cheese is melted, the soup is ready. Enjoy!

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This soup is easy to make! It’s hearty, cheesy, and cowboy-approved…..what’s not to love?! I submitted this recipe to Allrecipes.com. Hopefully they agree and put it in with all the others…..although there is no other Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipe on there yet so I’m sure they will approve it. I hope you try this recipe…..I think you will love it!

We are all house-bound this afternoon…..may venture out to water our horses later today again. It’s important to make sure they have lots of fresh water when they are standing around eating hay. I know this…..I’m glad I’m not a critter stuck out in this weather….how brutal Mother Nature can be. Here’s hoping you are all staying warm out there! ~Cheyenne