Hamburger Soup

Sunny, but frosty out this morning and although we are expecting a high of 45F, warm soup will feel mighty good today.

Hamburger Soup

  • 1 lbs grass-finished ground beef (browned)
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water or soup stock
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons salt (if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (if desired)

One pot directions:  brown the ground beef in 1 tablespoon olive oil until no longer pink, add all the other ingredients and simmer.  The longer you simmer it, the more the flavours will meld and veggies soften.

Be creative in ingredients – celery substitute could be the leaves off the back of a head of cauliflower or chopped kohlrabi, leeks would work.  Instead of carrots, maybe turnips, swedes, or rutabaga.  I use my own frozen tomatoes from my garden and since i don’t really cook them down, there is plenty of water in with them, therefore i don’t add more water.  Recipes like this are perfect for emptying the frig or freezer.

The leaves off the back of a head of cauliflower make a LOT of greens for soup!  Add vitamins A and C plus antioxidants to your meal, not the rubbish bin!

8 thoughts on “Hamburger Soup”

      1. The ‘farms’ around Aqaba, which is a desert city, are really animal husbandry plots on a very small scale. However, up north toward the capital, Amman, there are real farms – mostly family owned and not agri-business. Unfortunately, the govt. is considering letting Monsanto in (we are campaigning hard against it) and a lot of food is brought in from surrounding countries which are already Monsanto-polluted. Thankfully most of our produce is locally grown and is really quite nice. Meat is ‘iffy’ – chicken seems to be better quality than in the states, lamb is brought in from Australia and New Zealand as well as being slaughtered locally; goat is common and very good (local); but beef is not so great – a lot of it is actually water buffalo from India and it’s poor quality meat. John and I get upset stomachs from it!

        I’d say that Jordan does a pretty good job of supplying most of its own produce, though not all (bananas, avocados, etc are shipped in), and a lot of its own meat, but not all. (A lot comes from Saudi Arabia and other surrounding nations.) Packaged foods are comparably priced to stateside food (unless the items are imported from the US, in which case they are easily twice as expensive as we’d pay in the States), but produce is considerably cheaper. Meat is variable, but generally just a little cheaper than in the states.

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      2. that is very interesting – much like here in the States. Small holdings near the cities, but the bulk is grown in the flyover zone (like Missouri). Really too bad about the water buffalo meat! wow!


  1. I put a fair amount of okra in the freezer this summer, so have been adding it to my hamburger vegetable soup. (I also use tomatoes from my freezer)

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