Chilli Beef Soup with Pasta Shells

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My mum used to make us this cheap, filling and spicy soup quite regularly. I now use it as a quick dinner on a cold evening or a warming light lunch.

I can't actually remember her exact recipe, but it's always nice to experiment and get things how you like them. Also I probably have a very different store cupboard to her, so I'll see what I can create. You should experiment too and get things just how you like them.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 1-2 Onions
  • 250g Minced beef (good steak mince)
  • 1-2 Carrots
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • Some Roasted Peppers ( i use some from a jar for speed)
  • Handful Pasta shells/whatever pasta you like really but one that helps pick up the soup's a good idea
  • 900ml Beef Stock (either homemade or stock cubes)
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic or a dollop of Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree/paste
  • 1 Fresh Chilli, chopped seeds in or out depending how hot you want it
  • small handful fresh Coriander
  • 1tsp Chilli powder, tsp Cumin and 1/2tsp cinnamon (or your own personal chilli spice mix)
  • a dash of Balsamic vinegar
  • Vegetable oil and butter for frying

Step 2: Method Part 1, the frying bit

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  1. In a large pot heat a little oil and butter together.
  2. Add the mince and fry it on a high heat, we want this to be well browned to create maximum flavour. We're trying to achieve the Maillard reaction to get that nice carmelised flavour to the meat. Try to break the meat up as you stir it, you want small bits so it mingles with the pasta easily.
  3. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar to help de-glaze the pan and put the cooked meat on a seperate bowl, we'll add it again later. Make sure to scrape all the brown bit from the bottom of the pan when de-glazing, this is part of the flavour and the balsamic will help lift it away.
GeekFilter2 years ago
I can't wait to try this! I have to watch my salt and with store bought/restaurant soups being mostly salt I'm always on the look out for a good recipe. Spicy is a great way to bring the flavor!
General Zod2 years ago
I like to put Orzo in my chili on occasion (way better than rice in my opinion), but this looks really good, too. I also need to start de-glazing when I brown meat for soups and stews. Good 'ible.
Nemesis201077 (author)  General Zod2 years ago
Thanks, hope you give it a try
Chili with the awesomeness of pasta! Genius! I love it :D
Nemesis201077 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks, not sure how much more soup I can manage before the contest closes though.
Next up, Stewed something!
You really are on a roll! I just love soups of all kind, so keep whatever you have coming!