Creamy Beef and Vegetable Soup

1/2 cup chopped green capsicum
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup diced potato
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk

Heat two teaspoons each of butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat; sauté green capsicum and chopped onion until soft. Add ground beef and brown. Drain off excess fat. Add tomato juice, potatoes, carrots and salt. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Melt two tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; blend in flour until smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Blend sauce with beef and vegetable mixture in the skillet. Heat through and serve.

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