Orzo Soup

Good Recipe for Diabetics

I received this recipe from Holly Mansfield and I make it all the time. Excellent.  I like taking it to work for lunch when the weather is cold and the snow is deep.  I take enough along to share with one of the other secretaries and she likes it too.  I do not drain the fat from this recipe as it is good for my diabetic control and does not raise my cholesterol.

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck (80/20)

1 cup diced onions

2 teaspoons minced garlic (I use the minced out of a jar)

1 quart water

2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans diced tomatoes

6 beef bouillon cubes

1/2 cup orzo pasta (this looks like rice) - takes 9 minutes to cook

2 cups frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, string beans, baby lima beans) - takes 6 to 8 minutes to cook

In a large frying pan, cook hamburger and onions until meat is no longer pink and onions are translucent.  Stir in garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.  Transfer mixture to 2-quart pot and add water, tomatoes, and beef bouillon cubes.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat to a simmer, add pasta and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently.  Then add frozen vegetables and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until vegetables are cooked through.

Makes about 2 1/2 quarts.