December 28, 2010

Hamburger Soup

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I couldn't wait to tell Grumpy what we were having for dinner the night I made hamburger soup.  :) 

If you are one of my Facebook Followers, you probably know the story about how when I ask Grumpy what he is making for dinner....and I get the response "hotdog soup". That is his reply no matter how much I wished he would help out and at least come up with an idea for dinner. 

Needless to say, I received pure pleasure when Grumpy called me to find out what was on the dinner table that night, and my response was "hamburger soup".  He thought I was joking.....little did he know just how serious I was.  ;o) 

Hamburger Soup

1 lb hamburger
1/2 large onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons Aromat (or any other all purpose seasoning)
2-14.5 oz cans diced petite tomatoes
2 cans hot water
3 vegetable boullion cubes
1 package Birds-Eye Steamfresh mixed vegetables (I used the one with asparagus and baby carrots, so I cut them up smaller before mixing into the soup)
1/2 cup quick cooking barley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme

Saute hamburger, onion, garlic and Aromat seasoning until beef is browned.  Drain any excess fat from beef.

Stir in two tomatoes, boullion cubes, vegetables, and hot water.  Simmer a few minutes until boullion cubes have dissolved.  Add salt, basil, oregano, and thyme.  Stir in barley.  Simmer about 10 minutes.

About the salt and boullion.  If you are watching your sodium, you will want to adjust this.  I tend to like things on the saltier side - but even Chris said this needed more flavor - so I added about 1 teaspoon of the better than boullion paste at the end.  This made it perfect for us.

I used quick cooking barley - but orginally had plans to use a small pasta.  I switched to barley when I found I didn't have the pasta that I wanted (ditalini).  I probably could have used orzo but then the barley caught my eye, so I went with it.  This soup was enjoyed by everyone....and next time Grumpy may not think I'm joking when I tell him we are eating hamburger soup!


Pegasuslegend said...

absolutely perfect anytime looks fabulous love the ingredients!

Jamie said...

I make a similar hamburger soup that we love. I like the addition of barley. Perfect soup for the winter.

bellini valli said...

This is one of those soups that just scream comfort Shelby. Grumpy must have been over the moon:D

ann said...

I bet grumpy was really happy when he saw that you were serious. This hamburger soup looks terrific!

Jennifer (Savor) said...

The name alone would make the kids come running!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

This is a great bowl of soup, my spoon is ready!

Bon appetit!

marla said...

Such a fresh & healthy dinner soup. Perfect for chilly days!

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

What a delicious idea, hamburger soup - ideal for the cold days there, the version here will be a chorizo soup :)

Happy New Year!!


Shelby said...

Gera, Chorizo sounds great!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

I'm bookmarking this wonderful soup to serve on Superbowl Sunday. My football loving family and friends will just ADORE this one!

Deeba PAB said...

I would have never thought of a hamburger soup...SLURPP!! Just what we need for this incessant cold weather! Sounds delicious.

Megan said...

I love that you got one over on Ol' Grumpy! Bet he loved the soup.

teresa said...

mmm, i grew up with hamburger soup, this looks wonderful!

Mads said...

I don't know if you've seen Arrested Development, but the first part of this post reminded me of "hot ham water" and I cracked up.

Debbie said...

That soup looks like one that everyone in my house would like. Thanks for the recipe! Hope you have a very happy and healthy new year!

Leslie said...

Grumpy is funny!
Love the soup
Happy New Year

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