Soup Sweet and Sour Vegetable Soup

posted by Becky 04-18-99 4:39 PM


4 large onions
1 bunch celery, including the leaves
3 c tomatoes
1 1/2 lb stewing beef
1 ham bone with some meat attached
2/3 can tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp peppercorns
3/4 tsp celery seed
1 tsp caraway seed
1 tsp whole cloves
5 bay leaves
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Later you will add:
fresh vegetables of choice
5 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
tabasco to taste
2 large ripe tomatoes
3 scallions wit 3 inches of green top
sour cream

Peel and slice the onions. Dice the celery, including leaves. Peel, seed and chop the tomatoes.

Place the vegetabes in a large soup kettle, add the beef, the ham bone and all ingredients in the first list.

Add enough water to cover the meat and the vegetables. Cover and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Keep the liquid level constant, adding more water when necessary.

Strain the soup (not the meat) into a large bowl, forcing as much of the pulp as possible through the strainer with a spoon.

Chop the ham, cut the beef into small, bite sized pieces. Add meats to the strained vegetables.

Wash and dice your choice of fresh vegetables (recipe suggests turnips, parsnips, and carrots, or any other combination of fresh vegetables).

Add them to the soup with the sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and tobasco sauce.Cook until tender.Adjust seasonings if desired.

SErve topped with chopped fresh tomato and scallion, and sour cream.

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