Last night I knew that my husband (I’ve been married a month and it still feels strange to say that!) and I would not have much time for supper in between finishing evening chores and leaving for a community school board meeting. Knowing that it would be late before we made it back home I had to have something quick and easy and still hearty enough to satisfy our hard-working farming appetites. Luckily, even in a rush we were able to sit down and enjoy a big bowl of hamburger soup together!
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 12
2 ½ pounds ground chuck
1 whole large onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 oz.) whole tomatoes (diced tomatoes work great if that’s all you have in your pantry)
3 cups of beef stock of beef broth, plus more as needed
1 whole yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 whole carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
5 whole red potatoes cut into chunks
3 tablespoons tomato paste
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon ground oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, more if you like the heat
In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the meat with the onion, celery, and garlic. Remove the pot from the heat and drain off as much fat as you can. (Discard the fat once it cools.)
Return the pot to the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine, and then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, then cover the pot and simmer the soup for 15-20 more minutes, until potatoes are tender but not overly mushy.
Soup should be somewhat thick, but if you’d like it to be more “soupy” add 1 to 2 cups more broth OR hot water and heat through. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt if needed. I’m heading out of town for a few days for work and knew several items in my refrigerator would go bad before the weekend, so I actually threw in a variety of things such as leftover brown rice, mushrooms and yellow squash in addition to the ingredients listed above AND since this makes a big batch of soup, into the freezer majority of it went.
Don’t forget to serve with crusty bread or crackers!
Good Eats, EAT BEEF!