Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hamburger Soup


Cheap, super easy, and delicious, this is a great soup to make and freeze in smaller containers for lunches or weekend freezer dinners! Delicious topped with a dollop of sour cream. I once worked at a school that made this for the kids and it was gobbled up quickly! This recipe makes a gigantic batch. You can, if you wish, substitute lamb for the beef but make sure to drain it well.

Adapted from The Best of Bridge

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 consomme (or beef broth-it's less fatty)
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.

Serves 10.

Freezer Cooking: This freezes really well. We put it in individual sized containers, labeled, and then defrost one in the morning for a school lunch.
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