Perfect for a cold winter day
First the recipe...............I don't have one..........let me wing it here.
1 lb hamburger
2 cups water
1 Bag 'O Spices (look at the picture)
Lawry Season Salt
Any amount of these, I love them all and they're yummy let's say 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
3 potatoes (more of less to suit yourself peeled chopped
1 lg container beef broth
3 C Milk
Pour water over raw hamburger and mix the hamburger and water together. (I use my hands)
Turn the heat on medium high. I actually turn it on high but I burn almost everything, so take that for what it's worth.
One onion diced--at this point I usually use fresh garlic too, but I'm out
I keep Garlic Powder on hand.
Add diced onion to hamburger/water mixture and stir (I'm not using my hands anymore, it's hot. I switch over to a SPOON.
Here's what I call my Bag 'O Spices. I do this because My Cowboy cooks a LOT around here, God bless him. And he isn't too into spices, he just doesn't know what they all mean. So I bagged up the spices I use in soups and he can just drag the bag out and start dumping.
Here's what I used in the potato soup. I am particularly fond of Fennel Seed and Turmeric. They just have an unusual and luscious flavor.
I sprinkle, I don't measure. Unless you're dumping high powered pepper in or go nuts with too much salt, you really can't do this wrong. (I may be underestimating some of you!)
3 potatoes, note the size, this does NOT MATTER. If you've got a crowd or a bunch of kids add six or eight potatoes, this is how you stretch the soup, extra milk makes it plentiful, too.
I quartered the potatoes the long way. This also does NOT MATTER,
but Ruthy wanted pictures so here you go.
I think last time I made this I left the potato skins on
but I went on auto-pilot and started peeling.
Then aftet you've quartered them, turn the cutting board sideways and rough chop them.
Dump the potatoes into the steaming meat/water/spice/onion concoction.
This is going to smell so great!
Mix the potatoes in and add a lg container of beef broth. This might not be necessary. The broth on the hamburger might be enough if you added MORE water to it at the beginning but we like lots of broth. Let this simmer. The trick here is the ROSEMARY. I have a plant but I used dried today because my plant is getting too cut back and it needs to grow a while and I had the little container of Rosemary...but these little spikes of lusciousness are HARD. They need time to tenderize. Get them in early and let the soup simmer until the rosemary and potatoes are tender and the flavors blend.
I let mine simmer for about an hour,
but if you don't have time, at least long enough for the potatoes to cook.
Just before the meal, pour in milk. I used three or four cups. How nutritious is this, huh?
Let the soup warm through.
Ladle into bowls. I added Lawry's Season Salt but no other salt and you may need to salt and pepper to taste but I let everyone do that on their own.
And by EVERYONE I mean My Cowboy, he likes TOO MUCH PEPPER!!!
Embrace the savory joy!