The “Holy Crap, My Kids Are Eating This” Hamburger Soup

1 Feb

This is a recipe my mom once made for my husband some nine years ago when we were engaged. He gobbled it up and begged for me to get the recipe. Me, being the eager little fiance that I was, got the recipe from my mom and managed to screw it up a few dozen times in our first years of marriage. My husband never admitted to me (being the good sport that he is) that it wasn’t the same. I’m thankful  he didn’t hurt my kitchen diva ego all those years ago, but now, I can honestly say… it might be even better than my mom’s. Sorry madre! 🙂

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 box beef or chicken broth (whatever you have handy)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • carrots/ celery optional(if you have them handy, dice about 1/4 cup of each and throw them on in as well)
  • can of diced or stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 TBS chili powder
  • 2 cups elbow macaronni

Brown meat in large pot with olive oil. When about half way cooked, add onion and celery or carrots if you have them. When onions start looking clear, add garlic and cook one minute more. Once all cooked, add beef broth, tomatoes and chili powder. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes (low-med heat) When you’re about 15 mintues out from serving, turn up heat (add more broth or water to get to your desired soupy consistency) and add pasta.

Sometimes if I have a bag of frozen mixed vegetables I throw a cup of it in there as well depending on how healthy I’m feeling. 🙂 Salt and pepper to taste. I serve ina bowl with some cheddar cheese on top.  Enjoy!


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