Simple Food: Spicy Potato Soup

Soup is good food.  I like fancy soups with lots of vegetables, wild rice, maybe a swirl of cream fraiche on top, but sometimes the simplest soups are the most satisfying.  My family has been making this potato soup for years now.  It is great winter comfort food.

This soup has very few spices, so it gets its flavors from beef, onion, potato, and tomato.  If it is cooked too quickly the flavors will not have sufficient time to blend.  A slow simmer on the stovetop for an hour or so will result in the best flavor because the ingredients will blend together nicely.  And it makes for some amazing leftovers.

•1 pound ground beef
•1 onion, chopped
•Salt and pepper, to taste
•1 29 oz can tomato sauce
•4 cups water
•4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
•1 teaspoon- 1 Tablespoon hot sauce of your choice plus more to pass at the table

Brown the ground beef, onion, and salt and pepper in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Drain, if necessary.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Bring up to a slow boil.  Reduce heat.  Simmer over medium low heat for about an hour to an hour and a half, or until potatoes are very tender.  Serve with a green salad and crusty bread, or crackers.



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