Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is a great soup for a cold day. Heat some rolls or bread sticks, and you're done.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Partially brown the hamburger and drain.
  2. Toss in the celery and onion, and cook until translucent.
  3. Drain again.
  4. Pour in water.
  5. If using barley, toss in and simmer 1 hour.
  6. If using rice, simmer 1/2 hour and then toss in rice and simmer 1/2 hour more.
  7. Partially chop the tomatoes, and add the potatoes and vegetables.
  8. Simmer 45 minutes more.
  9. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Most Helpful

Where do I this is great! I had made an enquiry on the discussion forum regarding tomato sauce as in NZ tomato sauce is ketchup and figured it wasnt that, sooo I ended up using a tin of Italian flavoured tomatoes, and a tin of tomato soup. I used barley and a half a packet of thick and chunky frozen vegetables. It makes heaps and will be a regular in this house. Thanks for posting. =)

Evie* March 26, 2002

A very good and easy soup recipe. I used both barley and rice - liked the variety. Next time I will add some more spices - perhaps some beef boullion or oregano to give it more of a kick. A very simple soup to put together with everything that I have on hand on a regular basis. Thank-you for posting.

Graybert September 16, 2002

A very filling soup - almost a stew. It made 6 qrts. Followed the recipe exactly, except, I only had a 8 oz. can of tomato sauce - so I also added 1 can condensed tomato soup. For the missing seasonings I added a couple cloves of finely chopped garlic (thrown in with the browning meat), some chopped green peppers, 1 tsp dried thyme and some dried parsley flakes. Used frozen mixed veggies and a can of mushrooms. Opted for rice (not barley). It needed a bit more seasoning so I threw in 2 tsps. beef bouillon granules. Next time I'll throw in a bit more. Overall, it was a good soup which I will make again.

Satisfied Kris March 02, 2003