My mother was a wonderful cook, and used to make the most delicious soups and stews! She could turn anything in the refrigerator into the most scrumptious, bubbly, comforting, warm meal! I don't think she used a recipe to make soup, she just put things in a pot and seasoned it with love.
My sister and I were helping her go through some boxes the other day, and we came across a recipe for Hamburger Soup. In the corner of the recipe it says, "Carolyn's recipe"; Carolyn is my aunt, who is also an amazing cook. Mother doesn't cook anymore, but I thought it was cute that she just couldn't resist jotting down the recipe!
I really needed some comfort food today, so I decided I would make the hamburger soup. It's so delicious, I'm so glad mother wrote down the recipe!!
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup each of the following:
(I added 1 cup of chopped kale)
1 32 oz can tomatoes (I used 1 quart of home canned tomatoes)
1/4 c. rice
4 cups water
4-5 teaspoons salt - to taste
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
Brown the beef and onion until the meat and it is lightly browned. Add all the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for at least 1 hour. Enjoy~
"Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor."