I’ve been a soup kind of girl since the beginning.
When I was two years old there were only two foods that I would eat. Raw, cold hot dogs (I am little embarassed to admit this) and Campbells vegetable soup. The only thing was I liked the soup straight out of the can – unconstituted.
Now you may wonder what would possess a mother to give her child a raw hot dog and soup straight out of the can? I’m not sure and my mother doesn’t remember either but I guess when you are desperate to get your child to eat you will try about anything.
I am happy to say that I have outgrown that soup phase and now enjoy my soup warm and most of the time homemade, not out of the can. Although I must admit there are some days that nothing sounds or taste better than a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich – definite comfort food for me.
One of the very first homemade soups I think I ever had was today’s recipe. My mom mentioned on the phone to me the other day that she had made a pot of Hamburger Soup and how good it tasted. I had forgotten all about Hamburger Soup.
My mom has no idea where she got the recipe from . It is an old one, handwritten on an index card.
Since it’s been a bit cold and rainy here in the beautiful Northwest I decided it was definitely a soup kind of day.
Hamburger soup (I really don’t like calling it that because it really just doesn’t sound as appetizing as it is! It just makes it sound so boring and simple) is an easy and quick soup to put together. Brown up some hamburger, add in some freshly onion, celery and carrot and then open a few cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce, a little ketchup and a few seasonings. The recipe also calls for some frozen corn but I used some canned corn. Simple but the flavor is wonderful!
The recipe made enough for about 3 meals for our reduced size family so the leftovers got put into a ziploc baggie and saved for another rainy day.
The soup thickens up a bit so just add in some more beef broth before you serve it again and it will stretch even further!
- 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
- 2 tsp. garlic, minced
- 1 C carrots,chopped
- 1 C celery, chopped
- 1 C onions, chopped
- 6 cubes beef bouillon
- 6 C water
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 32 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 oz pkg frozen corn kernels or 1 can
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 4 Tbsp ketchup
- Brown hamburger with garlic
- Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot
- Bring to boil
- Reduce heat and simmer 1-1/2 hours