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Hearty Hamburger Soup

By Emma :

Everyday Culinary Delights👩‍🍳

Hearty Hamburger Soup

Hello, dear readers! Today, I’m overflowing with gratitude as I get to share a recipe that’s not only a family favorite but also a testament to the power of simple ingredients coming together to create something truly special. This Hearty Hamburger Soup is a warm hug in a bowl, perfect for those chilly evenings when all you crave is something comforting and satisfying. This recipe promises to fill your home with an aroma that beckons everyone to the kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 carrots, minced
  • 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup barley
  • 3 (10 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make Hearty Hamburger Soup

  1. Brown the Ground Beef: In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until fully cooked. Drain any excess fat and set aside.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: In the same pot, add the minced onion, carrots, and celery. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Return the cooked ground beef to the pot. Stir in the barley, beef broth, diced tomatoes, water, and tomato soup. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Season and Simmer: Add the bay leaf, parsley, minced garlic, dried thyme, and ground black pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer, covered, for about 1 hour or until the barley is tender.
  5. Final Touches: Remove the bay leaf and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.

Helpful Tips

  • Simmer Slowly: Letting your soup simmer gently helps develop deeper flavors. Don’t rush this step!
  • Stir Occasionally: This prevents the ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pot and ensures everything cooks evenly.

Substitutions/Variations

  • Meat Variations: Feel free to use ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version of this soup.
  • Vegetarian Delight: Skip the meat and double up on veggies like bell peppers and zucchini, using vegetable broth instead.
  • Gluten-Free Needs: Swap barley for rice or quinoa to make this recipe gluten-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this soup in a slow cooker?

Absolutely! After browning your meat and sautéing the vegetables, transfer everything to your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Is this soup freezer friendly?

Yes, this hamburger soup freezes beautifully. Cool it completely and store in airtight containers for up to 3 months.

Storage Instructions

  • Refrigerate: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, freeze the soup as mentioned above.

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Thank you for joining me in the kitchen today! I hope this Hearty Hamburger Soup brings as much warmth and joy to your table as it does to mine. Remember, every meal is a chance to connect and share love. Enjoy cooking, and even more so, enjoy eating!

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Hearty Hamburger Soup

Hearty Hamburger Soup


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Warm up with a bowl of Hearty Hamburger Soup, the perfect comfort food for any chilly day. This rich and savory soup combines ground beef, barley, and a medley of vegetables, all simmered in a hearty broth that’s sure to satisfy your hunger. It’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy!


Ingredients

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1 ½ pounds ground beef

1 onion, minced

4 carrots, minced

3 celery ribs, thinly sliced

½ cup barley

3 (10 ounce) cans beef broth

1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes

2 cups water

1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed tomato soup

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon parsley

1 teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon dried thyme

Ground black pepper, to taste


Instructions

In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot, sauté the onion, carrots, and celery until tender.

Return the beef to the pot, adding barley, beef broth, diced tomatoes, water, and tomato soup. Stir well.

Mix in the bay leaf, parsley, garlic, thyme, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1 hour.

Remove the bay leaf before serving. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Notes

For a lighter version, substitute ground beef with ground turkey or chicken.

To make it vegetarian, omit the meat and use vegetable broth, adding more veggies like bell peppers and zucchini.

Great for freezing; store in airtight containers and reheat for a quick meal.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl (approximately 1.5 cups)
  • Calories: 260 kcal
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 870 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg

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