Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

This is my mom's recipe and I love it now, 50 years after having moved out on my own, as much I did as a kid sitting at my parent's table, slurping up every last trace of it from my bowl. It's hearty and savory and I'm getting a hankering for it just writing this post.

3 tbsp. bacon drippings
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
4 cups of beef bone stock
1 cup sliced carrots
3 cups chopped cabbage
2 bay leaves
1 cup chopped celery, with leaves
6 sprigs fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
2 tsp. real salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tbsp. salsa
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp. of chili powder
1 tsp. of Creole or spice seasoning (or more if desired)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 16-ounce can of Great Northern beans, undrained

1. Saute beef and onion in bacon drippings in a small stockpot. 
2. Add canned tomatoes and beef stock and bring to a simmer.
3. Add remaining ingredients, except beans. Bring back to a simmer. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
4. Add beans and heat through.
5. Serve with garnishes if desired: sour cream, chopped green onions, canned French-fired onions, grated cheese, etc.

I hope you enjoy Hamburger Soup as much as I have for the past 69 years!


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Jesus Christ has been my Savior since 1975. Robert, the wonderful man that God provided to love me has been my husband for 48 of those years. We have five grown children, with children of their own. Of course, that means that we have grandchildren - ten to be exact, and nine great-grandchildren with another one on the way. I have been a stay-at-home mom, sometimes helping to supplement the income from within the home. Now I am a stay-at-home grandmother. Jesus Christ has been my guide and keeper and I have found, in all the trials, heartbreaks and good times that He just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter as the years roll by. My future is secure and I look forward to eternity in the presence of my Creator, Redeemer and King.
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