:contest Hamburger Soup :rectnt

Hamburger Soup
Posted for :contest - SOUP
This is a great winter soup, served with rolls or warm biscuits! Yum!

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 med-large onion, diced coarsely
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (not puree)
2 cups water
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (if you can get unseasoned, thats best)
1 large dash dash parsley
1 large dash garlic powder
1 large dash basil
1 large bag frozen mixed vegetables
3 large potatoes, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped coarsely (I cut stem in half lengthwise, then slice)
8 Tablespoons pearl barley or 1 cup small pasta (like orzo or tubetini, even elbows!)
1 bay leaf
1 box beef broth or 2 cups water mixed with 2+ Tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
salt and pepper


Brown meat, onions, and celery together.
Drain well (if using real lean beef, you can skip this step, it only adds to the flavoring).
Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
Heat until slight bubbling, stirring often, and then simmer for at least 2 hours or use a crock pot and cook up to 8 hours.
Keep covered for the majority of the time, take lid off if it looks more brothy then youd prefer.
Season to taste, remove bay leaf before serving.
This soup freezes well.

Posted by Naterica
Please know that Im not a perfectionist when making soup, if I have more or less of something, I adjust it somehow it must work, my family always likes it. So feel free to adjust this recipe to your liking or according to what you have on hand.

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