Hamburger Soup



15 min


10 servings

* PLUS Cook time: 6-8 hours
Hamburger Soup

Photo: Erik Putz

A hearty soup that eats like a meal. Hamburger soup is loaded with veggies, nubby barley and chunks of beef. What's not to like?


  • vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 4 carrots , chopped
  • 3 celery stalks , chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup pearl or pot barley
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • salt and black pepper , to taste
  • 796-mL can whole tomatoes , with juice
  • 3 ½ cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  • In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it starts to brown. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beef is browned and onion is softened. Scrape into a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in carrots, celery, bay leaf, barley, sugar, cornstarch, salt, pepper, tomatoes, stock, water, tomato sauce and soy sauce. Cover and cook on low for
    6 to 8 hr. Discard bay leaf.


This soup freezes like a dream! Let it cool after cooking and ladle into a freezer bag. To thaw it in time for dinner, simply place it in the fridge in the morning.
Originally published in the Today’s Parent March + April 2017 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.