Quick Pizza Soup

Okay, I’ll admit up front that pretty much anything pizza works in our family. This soup is actually a really quick fix and the recipe requires stuff that I usually have on hand. This soup is pretty well-seasoned from the ingredients themselves so it’s also something that I can turn a boy loose to make without worrying about how the seasoning will turn out.

Quick Pizza Soup

Brown 1/2 pound sausage in a skillet. Drain and set aside.

Saute’ in the bottom of a large stock pot until browned:

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 pound beef, cut into 1/2″ cubes (I use whatever meat is on sale. This week, that was a sirloin roast.)

Into that stock pot add:

  • Approximately 4 quarts of water
  • 2 pound bag of frozen, mixed vegetables
  • 1 c. quick-barley (if you use regular barley, be sure to cook that thoroughly according the instructions on the package BEFORE you add the frozen veggies)
  • browned sausage
  • 2 boullion cubes
  • 1 c. pizza sauce

Simmer until the vegetables are cooked. Serve with a handful of large garlicky, crusty croutons and a T. of grated parmesan cheese on top.

This made a LARGE pot of soup that fed the hungry boys as much as they wanted for dinner and then provided lunch leftovers for the next day. Very tasty.