Witch's Night Out
Every year my oldest sister hosts a really fun Halloween party that is just for her girlfriends and sisters. She calls it her Witch's Night Out party and she has it at night so her guests can come over after getting kids down to bed to have a fun girl's night. She has been doing this for a few years and it is one of her favorite traditions. It is always way decked out with cute Halloween decorations and tons of delicious food! Everyone is encouraged to dress up in a witch costume and bring a pot of their favorite soup or breadsticks. So they fill up on soup and bread and of course desserts because what girl's night out would be complete without something chocolatey?! :) A few years ago a lady brought the most delicious soup, so delicious that everyone was going back for seconds…or thirds! My brother-in-law came up from the manly comforts of his man cave in the basement to get three heaping bowls of this soup, so that really gives you an idea :) She has made this soup every year ever since because it was such a big HIT!
I hope you enjoy this soup and I would also recommend having a Witch's Night Out party this year. It is so much fun!!
|1/2 pound||ground beef|
|3/4 cup||chopped onion|
|3/4 cup||shredded carrot|
|3/4 cup||diced celery|
|1 teaspoon||dried basil|
|1 teaspoon||dried parsley flakes|
|4 tablespoons||butter, divided|
|3 cups||chicken broth|
|4 cups||diced peeled potatoes (1-3/4 pounds)|
|1/4 cup||all-purpose flour|
|2 cups||(8 ounces) process cheese (velveeta), cubed|
|1 1/2 cups||milk|
|1/4||to 1/2 teaspoon pepper|
|1/4 cup||sour cream|
In a 3-qt. saucepan, brown beef; drain and set aside. In the same saucepan, saute the onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 tablespoon butter until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from the heat; blend in sour cream.
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