Winter has arrived and with it the bone chilling, frost biting cold. During these cold months nothing is better than coming indoors to a warm bowl of soup. And one of our favorites is an old fashioned hamburger soup!
Hearty Hamburger Soup
Our favorite hamburger soup recipe is one that is tried and true, passed down from grandparents. My amazing sister-in-law then perfected it.
This last May, while visiting family before my Mother passed away, my sister-In-law served up a hearty pot of this hamburger soup with her fresh garlic twist bread.
The most amazing part is that my kids loved it! And then asked me to get the recipe. So I did. Because my kids don’t like soup. And yet they ate seconds and thirds of this amazing hamburger soup!
During the last cold front I mixed up a big pot. And it was heavenly! I split it up into meal portions and froze all but what we were having for dinner.
And let me tell you it freezes amazingly! Then a week later we pulled out the frozen soup, dumped it into a pot, heated it up and dinner was served! It’s a great recipe to make a big pot ahead of time and freeze for easy freezer meals.
First you brown the hamburger. We always use 93% lean hamburger. This way it has a better flavor, freezes better and you don’t have to drain it after browning. We get our Hamburger from Zaycon Foods, just like our chicken. We can get it in bulk at a discounted price. Plus it comes fresh from the farm without added hormones or additives. And never frozen! And it’s flavor is much better than what we find at our local grocery stores!
Then throw all ingredients into a big pot. I wasn’t going to be around most of the day, so I doubled the recipe (remember because it’s a great freezer meal) and dumped it all into the slow cooker.
Stir it to make sure it well mixed.
Then slowly add the water to make sure it won’t overflow.
Thank goodness we just got our new 7 quart slow cooker (aff link) so it all barely fit.
Then it cooked on low for 6 hours. Or on high for 3 hours.
If you are going to be around you can cook in a pot on the stove too. Simply bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour and a half.
That is the great thing about the hamburger soup, it is super easy to make and versatile in cooking methods.
Then toss some rolls or garlic bread into the oven and you are set!
To make this dish unique to your family you can also add in diced potatoes, or noodles and lentils. This makes the dish stretch farther, but also adds to the nutritional value and flavor. But you can make this decision based on your own family’s taste preferences. My Mom often added potatoes and Lentils and it was delicious. I usually make it plain because of picky kids. It’s all based on what you prefer.
The hamburger soup is full of flavor and will warm you through and through on a cold winter night. It is also a great soup to bring to a potluck dinner!
- 1 pound 93-95% lean ground hamburger
- 1 cup chopped celery (optional)
- 6 cubes beef bouillon
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 5 cups water
- 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- brown hamburger in a medium skillet.
- In stock pot or slow cooker combine all ingredients except water.
- Add water
- In stock pot bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 1½ hours.
- In crock pot cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
If you happen to be lucky enough to have leftovers, they store well in the fridge or freezer. And it reheats and tastes fresh just as if you just made it that day!
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Tell me how you enjoyed our hamburger soup recipe!
What would you pair with our hamburger soup?
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