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Frugal Eats: Squash & Pepper Soup


A few nights ago, my pantry was almost bare and I had a lot of unused produce from the garden.  I didn't feel like going shopping, and I didn't want something average either... so I decided to just see what I could make out of what I had on hand, and came up with  "Squash and Pepper Soup!" 

It's easy to make, and very versatile, you could put anything in it really.  The whole family loved it. The cool thing about this recipe, is that it was a wonderful summer soup, but would also be great in the winter months too. You could sub some cabbage in place of the squash! 

I think next time, I might try chicken and rice in the soup, instead of ground beef. I served it with crushed tortilla chips and sour cream. 

Here's my version, have fun creating your own!

Squash & Pepper Soup
Ingredients:
1 lb of Ground Beef 
2 Green Bell Peppers
1 Orange Bell Pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1/2 Serrano Pepper
8 Green Onion Stalks
1 Large Yellow Squash 
1 Large Heirloom Tomato 
1 can of diced chilies and tomatoes 
3  Fresh Basil Leaves
Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper 
2 16 oz Cans of Tomato Sauce 
1 Can of Water 

Instructions:
Brown Ground Beef in skillet or pot, with squash, tomato, peppers, green onion, can of chilies and diced tomatoes, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper. Cook at med-low heat, in order for the squash and peppers to cook, and all the flavors to blend.
Drain
Put back into pot; add tomato sauce, plus one can of water (empty tomato sauce can of water)  and simmer on low for about an hour.

Viola! Delicious Squash and Pepper Soup! 

Remember to make it your own, there is no right or wrong way to make a soup or stew! Have fun with it! 😋😃





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