This simple beef based meal-soup recipe has two unlikely ingredients: tomato juice and day-old bread. The bread is an old-fashioned no-fat trick for thickening. A half cup (125 mL) of tomato juice represents one Food Guide Serving of vegetables.
Heat oil over medium-high heat in large saucepan; cook onion, carrots, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
Add tomato juice, beef broth and 1 cup (250 mL) water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add beef and bread; stir until bread has ‘melted’ into soup and soup thickens, about 8 minutes. Stir in cheese and basil.
Cook's Notes: To get 2 cups (500 mL) cooked ground beef, cook 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean or Lean Ground Beef Sirloin or Ground Beef in non-stick skillet, over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small chunks with back of spoon while cooking. Cook until browned and completely cooked. Drain.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.