Hamburger Soup~easy and delish!

Good evening dear readers~
I have a great recipe for you tonight.  Hamburger Soup is one of our family’s favorites.  It’s easy to put together and it simmers for 20-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.   It’s a good one to make after coming home from work; add bread and a fruit salad and you’re ready to eat!   If you do some of the chopping ahead, it will go even faster.   It’s simple and delicious!

Recipe:

1. 1.5 lbs hamburger (ground beef)
2. 3 cups water
3. 3 medium carrots, chopped, about one cup (we leave baby carrots whole)
4. 2 medium stalks of celery, chopped, about one cup
5. 1 large potato, cut into 1/2″ pieces, about one cup
6. one cup chopped onions
7. 2 teaspoons salt
8. 1 teaspoon bottled brown bouquet sauce.  (I’ve never used that….instead I use Worcestershire sauce and put more than 1 teaspoon in…put it in “to taste”)
9. ¼ to ½ teaspoon pepper
10. one bay leaf
11. 1/8 teaspoon dried basil leaves
12. one 28 oz can whole tomatoes (we use stewed)

Cook and stir hamburger in Dutch oven, or at least a 4 qt pot, until light brown; drain.  Stir in remaining ingredients; break up tomatoes with fork (if you use whole tomatoes).  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer just until vegetables are tender, about 20-30 minutes, depending how small you cut them.   Serves 6.  (about 1.5 cups each)

*this is another recipe that lends itself well to variations.  If we don’t have carrots, we’ll toss in green beans.  We sometimes use what we have in the fridge….I guess it could be called: Leftover Soup!
I gave you the original recipe from my very old Betty Crocker cookbook.  I also gave you our adaptations.  We sometimes add one or two cans of beef stock in place of the water.  If the soup tastes weak, I add a few tablespoons of ketchup.  Whenever I make something with tomatoes I always add a teaspoon of sugar.  This helps cut down on the acidity.
You can play around with the ingredients.  Add garlic, try ground turkey….be creative!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Good night and thanks for stopping by~
Judy 

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12 thoughts on “Hamburger Soup~easy and delish!

      • It is an old (Betty Crocker 1971 cookbook) recipe we’ve used forever and changed often depending on what’s in the cupboard! It is good…and especially after a day like today…brrr!
        Thanks for writing, Diane….come visit again!

    • Thanks, San. It is….the leftovers tonight were great. It’s so cold today it was a perfect dinner to have! We love soup anyway!
      Thanks for commenting. Come back again sometime!

    • Yes…great idea! We love thinly sliced cabbage in soup too! Didn’t think about it this time! Thanks for the reminder and for writing. Come back and visit again!

    • ah…ha! I know who this is! My non-celery loving daughter!
      You’ve eaten this soup for years! I’m sure it’s as tasty as your “Fat Flush” one….right? 🙂

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