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Fresh Tomato Soup

2 onions

1 tablespoon oil

2 1/2 cups water

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons basil, chipped

1 teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules (or 1 cube)

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 large tomatoes, chopped

Cook onion in oil until tender.  Stir in remaining ingredients, simmer 40 minutes.  Press through sieve.  (I find that you can put 1/3 of mixture in blender, blend until smooth, repeat.)  Cover and cook in saucepan until heated.

Lois Crissman

Bean Soup With Rivels

Bean Soup:  Soak two packs of Navy beans overnight in cold water.

Broth:  Fill pot 3/4 full of water and bring to a boil.  Add ham, potatoes, onions, celery and the beans and cook until beans are tender.  I add Rivels at this point.

Rivals:  Small amount of flour (1/4 cup) and 1 egg.  Stir mixture with a fork.  It makes a sticky dough.  I drop small pieces into the soup mixture.  The dough will swell a little, you break up the larger pieces into smaller ones.

Evelyn Payne

Rivel Soup (Doughbelly Soup)

Ingredients:
5 to 6 cups water
3 BEEF bullion cubes
2 onions (chopped)
Kiolbassa, cut into slices about ˝ inch thick
2 to 3 potatoes pared and diced
3 to 4 eggs, depending on how many dumplings you want
2 cups flour
salt and Pepper

Bring water to a rolling boil and put in bullion cubes, diced onions, potatoes and kiolbassa.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, eggs, salt and pepper.  If too thick, add a little water.
Make dough so it can be dropped into boiling water.
You may want to start out with 1 to 1 ˝cup flour and gradually add in more as needed.

We loved this soup and it was very inexpensive for my grandmother; Anna Geisel Ringler, Darmstadt, Germany and Johnstown, PA; with 10 children.  We have made it and passed it on down from the time I was a little girl and now my children make it for their families.

Romaine Moran, Texas by way of Johnstown and Richland Township

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