Mmmmm...lately it's just all comfort food all the time on this blog!
This is another family favourite...Best of Bridge's delicious Hamburger Soup! This is one of my mom's best-loved recipes, and totally reminds me of home. At under 300 calories per bowl yet satisfyingly filling, this is the soup that eats like a meal baby! When I cook this bad boy I usually make a double batch and freeze half, and that way I can simply defrost for a quick and easy dinner or work lunch a few weeks later.
Ok, so two quick disgusting stories about this soup that should never be told by a food blogger on a food blog that I want people to return to, but I am going to tell anyways. If you are planning on making this soup today and have a queazy stomach then maybe just skip right below to the recipe. Here we go...
Story 1: When I was a teenager, one time my parents left my brother and I at home when they went on vacation. My mom wanted to make sure we were well fed while they were gone, so before leaving she made a slow cooker full of this Hamburger Soup. Not knowing my way around the kitchen at all (like, at all!) when I was a teenager, when the slow cooker finished cooking and turned off, I didn't know that meant that eventually I should put into the fridge. I happily fed my brother and myself leftover counter-top (microwave reheated) Hamburger Soup for a few days, finally noticing near the end of the batch that it was starting to taste a little off. Ummm...try rancid!!! I had essentially left a soup with ground beef out of the fridge for days and kept eating it. My mom honestly must have wondered where she went wrong in raising such an incompetent child. It took awhile to eat Hamburger Soup again after that.
Story 2: When I moved out of my parents house into my first apartment, I was missing my mom's cooking from home. I went to the store and bought all of the ingredients for Hamburger Soup, and spent the entire afternoon making it (I was a slower vegetable chopper back then!). The final ingredient to add was the barley, which I had purchased in the bulk section of the grocery store. I dumped the barley in and started noticing that the soup appeared to be crawling. Ummm....crawling with bugs!!! The container of barley must have been infested, because only then did I realize that the bag that I had put the barley in was crawling on the inside. All of my hard work went to waste and I had to dump the whole double batch down the garburator. The good news was I went back to the grocery store to let them know to clean their bin, and they comped my whole grocery bill from that day! It took me awhile to eat Hamburger Soup again after that too.
End of gross Hamburger Soup stories. I'm sorry. And if you still feel like making it, the recipe is below.
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- 1 & 1/2 lbs. extra-lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 3 x 10-ounce cans consomme
- 1 x 10-ounce can condensed tomato soup
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1/2 cup barley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onions until the beef is brown. Drain off all liquid from the pot. Add all remaining ingredients to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for at least 2 hours, or all day.
Recipe Source: Best of Bridge 'Best of the Best' Cookbook