Here it is, folks: your chance to brighten up the long winter months with satisfying, heartening SOUP.
There is a part of me that mourns the arrival of spring and summer because my meal planning no longer includes hot soup. There is no other option for our table that I can so easily stretch with a little extra water and a little extra rice or veggies.
I’m going to give you one recipe today and then link to three more below. I will keep the linky open until Sunday night to give you plenty of time to link up. If you don’t have a blog, leave a comment with your recipe cut and pasted or linked from a recipe website!
Nana’s Hamburger Soup
(from my maternal grandmother’s kitchen)
1 lb. ground beef
1 bay leaf
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped carrots
2 C. chopped tomatoes (I use one can of diced tomatoes)
1/2 C. barley or rice
4 cubes beef bouillon
In a large pot, brown the meat. Drain, return to pan. Add 6 C water and bay leaf; simmer for 30 minutes. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes more.
And that’s it. Easy, right?
I almost always up the broth amount and add more veggies and barley.
My grandmother uses barley, my mom uses rice, I use barley. It tastes good either way.
If you want to use your crockpot for this recipe, you can. Just brown the meat ahead of time and then throw everything else in together.
This recipe requires good old-fashioned bouillon cubes. If you use a stock concentrate like I do, you will need to add salt. I actually keep bouillon cubes in my cabinet just for this soup.
Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guests? Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it. You don’t catch steak hanging around when you’re poor and sick, do you?
Judith Martin (Miss Manners)
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