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Beefy Harvest Soup

1 pound ground round
4 cups water
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
4 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
1 cup uncooked large elbow macaroni
6 ounces smoked beef sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Salt and pepper

Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon.
Meanwhile combine water, tomatoes, mixed vegetables and bouillon granules in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni and ground beef; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in sausage; continue simmering 2 to 4 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
Makes 4 servings (about 2 cups each).

Cook's Tip: Other pasta shapes, such as rotini, bow ties, medium shells or ditalini, may be substituted for large elbow macaroni; adjust cooking time as needed.

Jayne Timmerman -- NEBRASKA

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