Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pasta Cheeseburger Soup

We had an unusual cold front and the high today was in the mid 50s. It was a welcome change, but we were pretty used to the warm and sunny conditions we'd been enjoying for quite some time! I was bound and determined to make soup tonight and it needed to be pretty simple. This recipe fit the bill!!

Pasta Cheeseburger Soup

1 lb. ground beef
NOT 1/2 cup chopped onion (though I did cook the hamburger with minced garlic)
3 cups water
1 can cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
1 can condensed tomato soup, undiluted (I substituted a can of tomato paste)
3 T dill pickle relish
1 cup uncooked small shell pasta
*I also added a can of petite diced tomato

In a large saucepan, brown beef and NOT onion over medium heat, drain. Stir in water, soups, and relish. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add pasta. Cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

*We garnished with shredded cheddar and a few dill pickle chips. Thought it would be pretty novel to serve with toasted hamburger buns, too! We had French bread--it tastes much better!

(Serves 6-8)

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