I know I have told you that my mother is a wonderful cook. A few years ago a friend sent me one of those e-mail questionnaires asking your favorite flower, food, etc. One of the questions asked us to share our best recipe. I sent the same questionnaire to my mom and she included her favorite recipe. I will tell you that this is a delightful soup recipe, and I love it. (My children used to love it, too, but since I haven’t made it in so long they swear I never made it. I’ll use the word insist. They actually didn’t swear at me. Phew! The recipe actually calls for Tabasco sauce which my son loves. He can’t believe that I ever cooked with it. Geez! They worry about my memory.) Since it cold winter weather in most of the country, nothing could be more warming and comforting than a bowl of my mom’s soup. Without further ado, here is the recipe:
Spicy Potato Soup
1 pound ground turkey (or beef, if you prefer)
1 small onion, chopped
4 cups of water
1 ½ teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups cubed, peeled potatoes (0.5 inch cubes)
3 – 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce
½ to 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
In a Dutch oven or large skillet, brown ground turkey. Drain off fat. If using a Dutch oven add potatoes, onion, and tomato sauce. Stir in water, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour or until potatoes are tender and soup is thickened. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
My mom likes to use canned crushed or chopped tomatoes in place of the tomato sauce. The soup is not greasy so she even likes the soup cold with a dollop of light sour cream.
I don’t have a Dutch oven so I brown the meat in a small frying pan and then drain off the fat. I put the meat in my soup pot with all the other ingredients as the recipe says. I follow the same cooking directions. I like to use the crushed tomatoes as well.
Important Tip: If you are not a routine eater of spicy foods, put in the amount of Tabasco the recipe calls for. Anymore than that and it might be too hot to enjoy. I’ve gone up to 2 teaspoons in the past and this gives the soup a real kick. I’m not into hot stuff so much now that I have gotten older so I am going to stick with the prescribed recipe amount. (If my son doesn’t think it is hot enough, he can add more Tabasco to his own bowl.)