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Monday, April 23, 2012

Peruvian Beef and Potato Soup




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Argh! I linked to my photo editor this morning only to find everything, and I mean everything, has changed. Now I know long term I'll come to grips with this, but these changes are coming right on the heels of those made in blogger and with so little breathing room between upgrades I'm no longer sure if I'm right or left brained. As my vocabulary expands and becomes more colorful, I'm ever mindful that "those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad." That's mad as in angry, not as in insane. While I was able to load my photos, the rest of the process remains a (ladylike) crap shoot, so we'll have to see what transpires. Argh!

I've begun to collect and test recipes for Peruvian food and I was surprise by the importance the potato plays in Peruvian cuisine. As I did my research, I learned that the potato is native to Peru and was first cultivated in the upper climes of the Andes mountains. It was the mainstay of the Incan diet and when the Spaniards took samples back to Europe in the 16th century, it became a universal foodstuff. According to legend, the first thing the gods taught the founders of the Incan empire was how to sow potatoes. Those potatoes would become known as the fruit of the Andes and be revered as icons by some indigenous tribes.

I was delighted when I came across this soup on the Whole Foods Market website. It seemed fast and easy and, more importantly, sounded delicious. It did not disappoint. It is one of those soups that can bridge the seasons and it can be table ready in less than an hour. It's substantial enough to be filling and mild enough that there's a chance, a chance mind you, that the children will eat it. I do hope you will try it. Here's the recipe.


Peruvian Beef and Potato Soup
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Whole Food Markets

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3-1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 cup water
2 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 bay leaf
1/4 pound dried capellini (angel's hair) pasta
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1)  Cook beef in a large pot over medium heat until browned and cooked through. Remove from pot, set it aside and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat.
2)  Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add broth, water, potatoes, cumin and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
3)  Add pasta and simmer until al dente, about 5 minutes. Return browned meat and cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Discard bay leaf, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, and serve. Yield: 4 servings.









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22 comments:

Alicia said...

This sounds absolutely delicious! And very easy to make as well. Around Wed and Thurs of this week it's supposed to get cooler again so I am going to try this. My son will eat anything that has ground beef in it!

Ginny said...

This soup looks wonderful!!!!! Yes Blogger has finally gotten to me, too, and changed to the new look. I fail to see what is better about it, it just takes me longer to find things, you really make me laugh about this, because it is the way I feel, as well. Why do they keep changing things?

Pondside said...

You should have heard me yesterday morning when I opened my account to find the new format. We'll see...

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Mary, your recipes always look superb! Hope all is well,
Duncan In Kuantan

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I feel your pain, I am fed up with changes that are supposed to improve your life!!!
This recipe looks quite yummy. Thanks. Have a better day :) Diane

Red Nomad OZ said...

I knew nothing - NOTHING - about Peruvian food until I read this post!! Who knew, huh?!

Kim said...

Blogger likes to play with us these days... I don't know when it will stop but I hope too it will be soon! This soup looks really good!

Jenn said...

Don't you just love that sometimes programs change for the sake of change. There is no real reason or no real improvement.. just some programmer that thought it was time to change things up!

The soup looks fantastic! I actually really like Peruvian food... There was a place we used to go to in college that served the best and cheapest Peruvian food around!

Claudia said...

The breadth and scope of your blog always fascinates me. Loving this and saving this for a mid-week meal - because I always need soup in my life and getting tired of the old stand-by's.

Shug said...

being the soup lover that I am, this is a must try. I just adore getting new recipes for soups! It doesn't even have to be cold for me to enjoy a nice warm bowl of soup!
Hoping your day is filled with JOY.
shug

Flavors of the Sun said...

Easy and comforting--my kind of soup. I also love cumin, so that's an added plus. Thanks!

Jane said...

ahhh changes are always difficult! I hope you get your groove back! Have a great day :) And the soup looks delicious!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, I know how you feel! When these changes are made it seems everything is changing at once! It seems to happen just when you think you have things down pat. I am not very computer literate as it is!
Well, this soup would be a welcome treat at my table. Blessings dear Mary. Catherine xo

Surkhab said...

WOW, soups are my weakness...nice recipe.:-)

Suzie said...

This looks wonderful!! I don't like it when any website starts updating and changing things all around, it's frustrating.

Big Dude said...

I thought maybe blogger changed only mine just to irritate me (which worked) and left everyone else the same. This soup sounds delicious - especially with both potatoes & pasta in it.

Clint said...

I hate Blogger but I love your soup.

Grubarazzi said...

This soup just screams comfort to me. Perfect for the weather we are having in Baltimore today.

BeetleBuggy said...

Yikes, I'm so sorry you had trouble with your photo editor...I know how frustrating it can be when you're blindsided by the changes. Hope things settle down quickly. It's funny to see you vent because you're always so calm and collected :) This soup looks so hearty and delicious and that's interesting insight into peruvian culture and potatoes.

Martha@ Simple Nourished Living said...

This soup looks delicious and is right up my alley. As an Irish girl, I love potatoes, but had no idea they played a big role in Peruvian cuisine.

I've bookmarked it to try soon.

Lara said...

wow, don't see much Peruvian! Looks more like a stew, very nice. mmm!

Lucie said...

I've been wondering about Peruvian food a lot lately - I knew quinoa played a pretty big role, but this soup seems like a great recipe to delve into the country's food culture. Thanks, Mary!

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