Tillie Kamieniecki, Clinton Township, Michigan, requests good soup and slow-cooking recipes. Patricia Bowers, Rockingham, North Carolina, sends a hearty hamburger soup recipe for the slow cooker that sounds perfect for the cold winter ahead.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 package (1 ounce) dry onion soup mix
1 package (1 ounce) Italian salad dressing mix
1⁄4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups boiling water
1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 cups cooked and drained macaroni
1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
In large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef for 6 to 8 minutes, or until no longer pink, stirring to break up meat. Drain well.
In slow cooker, place carrots and celery. Top with beef, soup mix, salad dressing mix, seasoned salt and pepper. Add water, tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce and soy sauce; mix well. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
Stir in macaroni and Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook on High for 15 to 30 minutes, or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.