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5 from 3 votes

Classic Hamburger Soup

Hearty and warming family favorite
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Jessica


  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef lean
  • 1 Large Red Onion diced
  • 1 28oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 cans Beef Consumee
  • 1 can Tomato Soup
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 2-3 Sweet Bell Peppers seeded and diced
  • 4 Stalks Celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pearl Barley
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Stove Top Directions

  • In a large stockpot or dutch oven, over medium heat brown ground beef and strain well. Return beef to pot and return to stove. 
  • Over medium heat add red onion and saute for 5 minutes. 
  • Add in all remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover with a lid and let simmer over medium low heat for a minimum of 45 minutes. Stirring regularly just to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.
  • Remove from heat, keep covered with the lid and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Crockpot Directions

  • Brown ground beef as directed above before adding to crockpot.
  • Add all remaining ingredients.
  • Let simmer on high for 4 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.