This is my favourite recipe from the original Best of Bridge cookbook. I thought it was already posted here at Zaar, but since I can't find it I want to make sure it's included; I've only modified it slightly from the original. It's so easy to make and tastes so great!
- 680.38 g lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped fine
- 1 garlic clove, minced fine (my addition, original recipe uses no garlic)
- 793.78 g can plum tomatoes, undrained
- 946.36 ml low sodium beef broth
- 283.49 g can tomato soup
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped fine
- 4 celery ribs, leaves removed and chopped fine (add celery leaves to soup if you wish, I often do)
- 2 bay leaves
- 4.92 ml dried thyme (original recipe used less, but I love thyme)
- 4.92 ml fresh ground black pepper (even more is better)
- 78.07 ml barley (pearl barley or pot barley, both work fine)
- salt, to taste
- In a large dutch oven, brown meat, adding onions and garlic. When meat has lost its pink colour, drain off any excess fat if there is any visible.
- Add all remaining ingredients, turn heat down to low so soup is barely simmering, cover, and let cook for about 2 hours (even longer is fine). After one hour, taste soup and add salt if necessary.
- If you have leftovers (soup freezes well, so consider making the whole pot even if it's a lot for your family), be aware that it tends to thicken when cool. When reheating, I always add a little more beef broth.
Great economical comfort food. I made as directed...only change was to put ingredients into a slow cooker after browning meat and left it to bubble gently for the whole day. I am a "Best of Bridge" Cookbook fan and this did not dissapoint. Thanks!
This brought me back to my childhood! Had a craving for hamburger soup tonight, but haven't made it so many years so I cheated and looked online lol... Came across your recipe, and so thankful I did!! :) only tweak I made was to add some fresh kidney beans (1 cup)...absolutely divine comfort food at its best, keep up the great recipes!! :)
We love this soup. My Mom made it fwhen I was a kid from the Company's Coming cookbook--that was about 30 years ago! I lost my CC cookbook 2 years ago when we moved so I went searching on Food.com and found it! Thanks for posting. Great fall and winter feast, especially with homemade bread. YUMMMM