This is an easy, low-fat soup that doesn't require many ingredients. Don't let the "spicy" part scare you - you can adjust the amount of heat to your liking simply by cutting back (or cutting out altogether) the cayenne pepper. Serve with some garlic bread and a salad, and you have a healthy and filling meal!
Here's what you need:
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 4 large or 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
- 1 small onion, chopped*
- 1 29-oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 32-oz. carton beef broth
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1-1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- scant (a little less than) 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Cook until the ground beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat. Add the tomato sauce, beef broth, potatoes, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Note: I use slightly less than a 1/4 tsp. of cayenne, and that seems to be the amount of heat that my kids can tolerate. If your family doesn't care for the spicyness, reduce the amount to 1/8 tsp. or leave it out altogether.
Bring the soup to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, (Poke one with a toothpick to test it.) and the soup has thickened.