|Old Fashioned Beef and Noodle Soup|
As most of you know, I struggle in the kitchen to make anything edible. That has recently changed (SQUEE!!!!), as evidenced by the picture above. Justin is very, very happy right now!
I'm definitely a beginner and still learning (and yes, I've had some remarkably awful dishes that resulted in pizza ordering), but I have recently had a boatload of help from a book that Justin bought me called "America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution." Justin watches American Test Kitchen every week on the Food Network and I sometimes have one ear tuned if they are making something I particularly like. But I don't really care for cooking shows (probably because I've been so spectacularly bad at it) and usually the people who are chefs just have these awful, droning voices that remind me of those sports announcers that make me hate televised sports.
This soup is the second recipe I've made out of the book and man...it's not me! It's been the recipes or something, because I made sausage lasagna in my crock pot from a recipe from this book (yes, lasagna!) that was absolutely awesome. And I don't care for lasagna.
I didn't think to take lasagna pictures, but I was smart enough to snap the above picture of the beef noodle soup last night right after I took my first bite and realized that oh my freaking God! I can cook!!!!
So, in the interest of sharing this marvelous discovery, I will share the recipe (with a couple of very minor revisions) for the soup here. I don't want to post up all of their recipes, because you really should buy the book - it's available here for less than $18. Just an FYI - my crock pot cooks really fast, so I shaved time off of this recipe. It calls for you to cook it from 9 to 11 hours on "low" and I only cooked it for about 7 1/2 hours. Also, I used stew beef instead of the blade steak and, because of that, I didn't have to remove the beef from the pot at the end, since it was already in bite sized pieces. This might also have contributed to the faster cooking time. Plan on about an hour chopping time for the vegetables.