I thought you might like this easy, tasty soup! A wonderful older woman gave this recipe to my mom years ago and we have made the 'organic converstion'.
1 lb. bacon (drug free, low sodium) well trimmed of fat
2 lbs. Laura's Lean Ground Beef (4%)
2 large onions minced
4-6 cloves of garlic minced
4 cups sliced celery (cut finer for fussy eaters)
15 ounce can of Hunts organic tomato paste
6 large garden ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled and pureed ( or 2 12 oz. cans of organic sauce)
2 Swanson Organic Beef Broth cartons or 2 beef cubes and 8 cups of water
10 cups of water
5 tbsp. organic sugar
3 tsp. sea salt (or more to taste)
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 tsp. fresh oregano ( I used some basil, rosemary, parsley and Greek oregano from my garden too)
4 cups of grated carrots
2 cups of shell macaroni
Cook bacon and drain fat, add beef, onions garlic and brown. Drain any fat. Add celery and saute until tender. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes or if you plan to freeze it, don't simmer, just package and freeze. You can add canned kidney beans if your family likes them or to stretch the batch, but do so just at the end as the fresh tomato will harden the beans and make them unpalatable. Super easy and quick - about 24 servings. Freezes very well or is enjoyed by elderly neighbours!
I made this for the ladies at the retreat for lunch and a few asked for the recipe so I thought I'd share!