Hamburger Soup Recipe

One of the Easiest Soups to Make

Hamburger Soup Recipe

Once long ago, I worked in an elementary school where a class read the story "Stone Soup" and then made this recipe. Probably one of the easiest soup recipes you can make, the children all gobbled it up and asked for more. We were a little stunned. It's simple and homey, good with some crusty buns and a tossed salad. You can add more vegetables if you like but it's still really good as is. Top the bowl with a dollop of sour cream and you're good to go.


1 1/2 pounds (750 g) of lean ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
28 oz can tomatoes
2 cups water
3-10 oz cans low sodium beef broth
1-10 oz can tomato soup
4 carrots, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
3 celery sticks, finely chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
pepper to taste
1/2 cup barley

  In a large pot, brown the beef and the onions until the beef is no longer pink. Drain off the fat. Add all the other ingredients and simmer, covered, a minimum of 2 hours.  This soup also freezes well and makes great leftovers.

Serves 10

Adapted from The Best of Bridge

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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