Ever since it turned October I've been anticipating My Friend Amy's Fall Festival Recipe Exchange. Loved it so much last year! Amy tells us: "We've spent all year dieting away so we can enjoy October-December guilt free. The very most yummiest foods come out these months, foods that make us think of words like comfort!"
Last year I posted Coconut Oatmeal Cookies, but since I've recently posted a cookie recipe and have one to post, I thought I'd post something a little cozier--SOUP! What gets you in the mood for cold weather better than a hot bowl of soup and a hunk of bread?
Scott loooooooves soup, so when my mom invited us for dinner to watch Glee this week, I requested she make soup. She suggested Willy Strange Soup. Yes, that's what she really called it. Not sure where this recipe originates from--I'm guessing church--but it is yummmmmmmmmy. Should be called Willy Yummy Soup! (Original name is Willy Strange's Good Soup)
WILLY STRANGE SOUP
1 can Ranch Style beans (15 oz)
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes (10 oz)
2 cans water
1/4 cup ketchup
1 pound hamburger
1 small diced onion
(links above take you to shopping results for the brand names in case you need to find something similar due to availability).
1. Saute the onion in a dutch oven or stock pot
2. Add hamburger and brown. Drain off fat
3. Add remaining ingredients and heat
Makes about 8 hearty servings (maybe more?)
Spice is controlled by the Rotel (mild or hot), but I might even add a bit of chili powder or Cayenne or Tabasco for some more heat--but this has a bite that will sneak up on you!
The Willy Strange Soup was a hit--in fact, we brought home the rest and ate it for left overs tonight. Unheard of for Scott!
I hope you'll pop over Amy's Fall Festival Recipe Exchange and share a recipe!
Edited Note: Per Kate's comment below (Kate=my mom), Willy Strange is possibly a real person. After a bit of Googling I found this recipe--same as the one here. The owner of the website, Lenny Taylor, emailed me a few months ago to share the story of the soup. A church group was performing a service act locally in Dallas and the lady whom they were helping shared this soup with them in thanks of their service. Looks like one of those recipes that just passes from hand to hand because it's so dang good!