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This recipe is totally reminiscent of my childhood. I used to love when my Mom made a big ol' pot of this for us. When I was around 8 or 9 my parents went away for the week so my Grandparents came and looked after us. The only thing I remember about the week away from my Mom & Dad was that Grandma made this soup....and I was comforted.


Serves about 6-8

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 28 oz. can of tomatoes
4 cups beef broth
4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme (I usually use dried, but I have also used fresh)
1/2 cup barley
Salt & pepper to taste

In a big soup pot, brown the ground beef and onions over medium high heat. Drain off the fat. Then add all other ingredients and simmer covered for at least an hour, but longer is better.

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I love when a recipe is easy, simple and uncomplicated, yet the flavors say otherwise. This is a really satisfying and delicious soup. My toddler loves it as well. I planned to freeze half of it for a meal later on in the month when I've had the baby, but it's so good I'm pretty sure we are going to polish off the big pot before I get a chance.

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7 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Looks delicious! I have been looking for a Hamburg Soup Recipe. I will definitely try this.

  2. Carey Says:

    That sounds delicious! I LOVE barley in soup. I'm going to try this one!

  3. Vanessa Says:

    Delicious recipe! You're right, it's a perfect 'comfort food' dish and I liked that it was cheap and healthy.

    Were we supposed to drain off the liquids from the jar of tomatoes? I didn't and the soup came out fine. I'm assuming we're supposed to dump the contents of the tomato can into the soup pot, right?

  4. Thanks Vanessa. Yep, just dump the whole can of tomatoes in. My Dad gives me tons of jars of his homemade canned tomatoes that have more juice in them than the store bought ones, and I use those all the time.

  5. PerryBlog Says:

    Perfect for a blustery Pacific NW fall day! Yummy and easy. My toddler loved it too. This one is going in my "go-to" recipe book.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    This soup looks great. I especially love the addition of the barley. I am definitely going to try this ... soon!

  7. Thanks Liz. I love the addition of barley too. It makes it a bit heartier.