We had sleet early yesterday and it was darn cold the rest of the day. Later tonight we’ll have ice and snow. Winter beef soup is a nice way to warm up on a cold day.
It contains a small amount of hamburger along with onion, carrots and corn with seasonings and a can of tomato soup. Along with the soup you can serve your favorite choice of sandwiches or biscuits with cheese, honey and apricot jam. Soup can be lunch, dinner or a midnight snack.
This soup will serve 4.
Winter Beef Soup
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1/4 lb. of hamburger more or less
- 1/2 of a large onion, diced
- 1 cup of sliced carrots, more or less
- 1 cup of corn, frozen or canned and drained
- 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon of thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon of marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seed
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 8 squirts of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of beef bouillon granules
- 2 cups of water
- 1 can of condensed tomato soup or a can of stewed tomatoes
Prepare the vegetables. Have the seasonings ready.
Melt the butter in a Dutch oven sized pan over medium high heat. Crumble the hamburger into the hot butter. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Let the meat cook until it is well browned on all surfaces.
Stir in the prepared onions, carrots and corn. Combine well in the melted butter and the small amount of hamburger fat. Sprinkle the thyme, the marjoram, the cumin seed and the paprika over the meat and vegetables. Add another pinch of salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. Continue to cook over medium high heat until the onion begins to turn yellow.
Stir in 1 cup of water, the beef bouillon granules, the minced garlic and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and cover the pan. Lower the heat so the soup simmers gently and cook for at least an hour. Longer if you have the time. Check once in a while and add more water if needed.
About 30 to 40 minutes before you plan to serve the soup add the can of tomato soup and a half can of water. Bring the soup to a boil for a few minutes or so and then lower the heat back to a simmer. Cover the pan. After about 10 minutes taste the soup and adjust the seasonings before serving.
You can use your favorite combination of spices and seasoning. A Southwestern version might have green peppers, stewed tomatoes and hot peppers along with chili powder or taco seasoning and be served with tortilla chips and grated cheese.
Instead of meat you can add cooked dried beans along with the other vegetables. Cook the onion until yellow and then add the beans and other vegetables. Continue as in the above recipe.
After the meat and vegetables are cooked in the butter it could be finished in a crockpot.
Any ground or finely minced meat can be used. Pork would be very good in it. A combination of meats can be used. This is a great way to use up leftovers.
Noodles, rice or diced boiled potatoes can be added. Potato flakes can be used to thicken the soup.
Crackers, corn chips, tortilla chips or Chinese fried noodles can be set on the table so people can add their own touches.