Trick or Treat Soup with Witches Brooms

I don't know about you...but I LOVE soup when the cold weather hits. I adapted this recipe from a website "sauceandsensibility" which is a shout out to Jane Austen who is also a friend during the cold weather. This was the perfect treat for my Granddaughter when she visited and is easy to make!




Ingredients for the Soup: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 1 cup sliced turkey pepperoni 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 4 cups chicken broth 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Optional garnishes: additional sliced fresh basil, sliced green onions, grated Parmesan cheese Ingredients for the Witches Brooms: 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed per package directions 1½ tablespoons olive oil ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

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In a Dutch oven, heat the oil. Add the onion and green pepper and cook, stirring until the vegetables are soft. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms have released their liquid and are soft. Add the garlic and cook stirring for 1 more minute. Add the ground beef and turkey pepperoni and cook, breaking up the beef into crumbles until it is no longer pink. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, chicken broth, basil, oregano and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. To prepare the witches brooms: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into thin ½-inch strips (I used a pizza cutter). Twist the strips and place them on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Using a small knife or kitchen scissors, make thin 2 inch cuts on one end of each strip to make the “broom” ends. Brush the brooms with oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with Trick or Treat Soup.