Philly Cheesesteak Soup
Everyone's favorite sub sandwich deconstructed into a tasty soup!
vegetable or olive oil
, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2" pieces (or use lean ground beef)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper,
and/or steak seasoning
white or cremini mushrooms,
sliced thinly into short strips
green bell pepper,
sliced into short julienne strips
dried oregano or marjoram
(or Italian seasoning blend)
can beef broth
not diluted with water (about 1/2 can)
heaping teaspoon mushroom or beef Better than Bouillon paste
heavy cream or half-and-half
crushed a bit if large
such as provolone, fontina, aged cheddar
Season the steak strips or ground beef with kosher salt and black pepper, or your favorite ground steak seasoning.
Heat the oil in a 4-5 quart Dutch oven or soup over medium heat until the surface shimmers.
Add the beef to the pot.
Cook, stirring frequently, until mostly browned. Check the pot for fat. If there's more than a couple of tablespoons's worth, drain or spoon some of it off.
Add the mushrooms and saute until they've given off most of their liquids.
Add the onions and green peppers, plus a big pinch of salt, and saute until softened, stirring frequently.
Scoot everything in the pot off to one side, and let some of the liquids pool in the cleared area.
Spoon the tomato paste into the liquids, along with the smoked paprika, dried herbs, and a big pinch of salt. Stir the paste until fragrant, and then mix into the rest of the vegetables and meat.
Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir. It will all become a bit pasty; that's good. Continuing stirring for 15 seconds or so to cook off the raw flavor of the flour.
Pour in the broth, consomme, soy/Worcestershire sauce, plus a 1/4 cup of water, stirring well.
Raise the heat to bring the soup to a gentle bubbling, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Mix in the Better than Bouillon paste, and turn heat to low.
Pour the dairy in small bowl, and spoon an equal amount of the hot soup liquids into it, stirring or whisking constantly, until smooth. Add to the soup, mixing well.
Serve with toppings and a side of crusty baguette.
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