Winter Warm Ups

With seasons changing and temperatures dropping, it’s the perfect time to make a delicious soup to warm your body and soul. Try these recipes from previous Royal Neighbors cookbooks!

Tomato Soup

1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced or grated
1 green pepper, chopped
¼ cup margarine
1 quart tomatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken broth
Curry powder, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tbsps. sugar
¼ cup flour
½ cup water

Sauté celery, onions, carrots, and pepper in margarine. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, curry powder, salt, pepper, and sugar. Simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Mix flour and water and add to soup. Heat until thickened. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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Marcia’s Potato Soup

1 medium onion
8 small red potatoes
2 ½ cups water
1 stalk celery
¼ cup milk
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ tsp. dill weed
3 tbsps. butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped parsley, optional

Melt 2 tbsps. butter in bottom of soup pan. Chop onion and cook in butter until clear. Cut potatoes into quarters. Add potatoes and water to onions in soup pan. Slice celery and add to pan. Cover and cook on medium heat ½ hour or until potatoes are tender. Stir frequently. Stir in milk, yogurt, and dill weed. Cook uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Garnish with 1 tbsp. butter and salt and pepper to taste. Finely chopped parsley may be added for color. Makes 4 servings.

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Beef and Vegetable Stew

3 lbs. stewing beef, chuck, or heel of round
1/3 cup flour
3 tbsps. fat
2 tsps. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sugar
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
5 cups boiling water
6 medium carrots
1 medium onion
4 medium potatoes
¼ tsp. oregano
2 cups cooked or canned peas, optional

Cut beef in 1-inch cubes; dredge with flour. Heat fat in a large, heavy saucepan or electric fry pan. Brown meat on all sides. Add salt, pepper, sugar, tomato sauce, and water. Simmer, covered, about 1 ½ hours or until meat is tender. Scrape carrots, slice 1-inch thick. Peel onion, add with carrots to meat. Cook for 15 minutes. Peel potatoes and dice. Add to meat mixture and cook for 30 minutes longer. Add oregano and peas. Cook until vegetables are done. If desired, liquid can be thickened before serving.

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