Pizza Soup

A family tradition

Pam Norgard’s love of adding special touches to recipes is almost a family trait.

“I like to add my own flair. I’ll look at a recipe and then I’ll say, ‘Well, I could add this or do this,’” Norgard says. “My grandmothers cooked like that, too. They just put things together.”

This Oakdale resident’s Pizza Soup won over the tasting panel to earn first place in the 2016 holiday recipe contest.

An easy, inexpensive and comforting meal, it’s a perfect addition to a buffet table, or as the centerpiece of a meal after a busy day of shopping, sledding or watching college football games on New Year’s Day.

Norgard says the grand-prize recipe is an old family favorite that her mom created.

“I think [she wanted] to find a hearty soup and just experimented. We like to do that, and this one just kind of stuck,” Norgard says.

She says the nice thing about the soup is its versatility. You can add ingredients, like noodles, to the basic recipe, she says, explaining it’s a great substitute for the old standby chili.

This is the first time Norgard has entered the contest.

“I cut the ad out and made sure I got it in before the deadline.” Chuckling, she adds, “I’ve been bad at deadlines so I carried it around with me.”

When not spending time in her kitchen creating new food dishes, she enjoys gardening, crafting and volunteering.

Those who have tried the soup in the past have asked Norgard for the recipe.

That certainly was true for the judges of this year’s contest.

“It’s easy and fun,” Norgard says with a smile.

Pizza Soup

From the kitchen of: Pam Norgard, Oakdale


1 lb. hamburger

1 lg. can tomato soup

1 lg. can water (from soup can)

1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 jar of spaghetti sauce

8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese



Brown hamburger and drain grease.

Combine soup, water, spaghetti sauce and Italian seasoning in soup pot.

Simmer and add hamburger. Cook 10 minutes. Stir in cheese and cook on low until cheese melts. Stir so the cheese does not burn bottom of pan.

Serve with breadsticks.

Note: Can also transfer to crockpot on warm.

The contest judges came back for multiple helpings of this easy, delicious soup.


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