And it's a also a great reason to curl up under a blanket and read to your kids. The Shining Sword is our current addiction. I love it. While your kids are occupied with books, you can make some of this delicious soup for supper.
My camera was dead for the first few steps, thus no pictures. First of all you are going to melt half a cup of butter in the largest stock pot you have. Add 3/4 C of flour and mix well. Next, pour in 3 quarts of water--yep, you read that correctly--now you know why you need your largest stock pot. Dump in 1/2 C of beef stock granules and give it all a good stir. Turn the heat to medium and let the potion brew.
While that mess is warming up, chop up 1 C each of celery, carrots and onions. I usually do extra of all the vegetables. I do not add extra water, flour or beef stock, just lots of extra veggies. It's a great way to have even more soup for the freezer in a healthier manner.
Finally, you add the frozen mixed vegetables. The recipe calls for 10 oz of frozen veggies. I buy the large package--I think it's around 32 ounces. And I add it all.
1 C butter
3/4 C flour
1/2 C beef stock base--granules
3 quarts water
1 C each chopped--celery/carrots/onion
10 oz frozen veggies (I recommend much more)
1 pound stewed tomatoes
3/4-1 pound browned ground beef
One package OR 1/2 recipe frozen egg noodles
Melt butter and add flour. Mix well. Add water and beef granules; stir. Bring to a rolling boil and add egg noodles. Cook noodles until they are firm and floating--about 15-20 minutes. Add fresh veggies. Boil another 10 minutes or so. Add ground beef, frozen veggies and stewed tomatoes . Cook until warm--about 20 minutes.