Hamburger soup



15 min


8 hrs


10 servings

* PLUS 6 to 8 hours
Hamburger soup

Photo, Erik Putz.

This hearty hamburger soup recipe eats like a meal.


  • Drizzle vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 4 carrots , chopped
  • 3 celery stalks , chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • To taste salt , and black pepper
  • 1 796-ml can whole tomatoes , with juice
  • 3 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  • IN a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it starts to brown. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beef is browned and onion is softened. Scrape into a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in carrots, celery, bay leaf, barley, sugar, cornstarch, salt, pepper, tomatoes, stock, water, tomato sauce and soy sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hr. Discard bay leaf.

Kitchen tip: This soup freezes like a dream! Let it cool after cooking and ladle into a freezer bag. To thaw it in time for dinner, simply place it in the fridge in the morning.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent March + April 2017 issue.

Recipe from Best for Bridge.