Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hamburger Barley Soup Recipe

  • 4 litres (quarts) of beef broth or bouillon cubes with water
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 litres of water (use the tomato can)
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 1 cup of pearl or pot barley
  • 2 large chopped onions
  • 4 chopped carrots
  • 4 chopped celery stalks including leaves
  • 5 cloves diced garlic
  • 1 half cup diced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon course salt 
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or 6 cups chopped cooked roast beef
  • 1 can kernel corn
  • Optional one package of onion soup mix or two tablespoons soya sauce or two tablespoons Worcestershire sauce.
Add all the ingredients except corn, beef and optional.  Bring to boil. Cover and simmer slowly for about 1 and one half hours.

Add one can of kernel corn with juices.  Scramble-fry lean ground beef.  Add to soup and cook soup another half hour.

This recipe makes about 12 litres of soup and can easily be halved or quartered.

First off you need a big pot.  This one is 16 litres.
Group photo of most of the ingredients.  The flat of ground beef is about two kilograms or just over four pounds.  I used half of it for my soup and made hamburgers for dinner with the other half.
Home grown, then dried rosemary and thyme.  The white stuff is coarse salt.
  Five cloves of garlic.
Hmmmm red wine.
Crushed black peppercorns.
 Two bay leaves.
Crush the thyme, rosemary and black peppercorns together with a pestle and morter.
 Chopped carrots and diced garlic
 Simmer soup for 1 and half hours. 
Scramble-fry 2 pounds lean ground beef.  I sprinkled seasoning salt, pepper and Montreal steak spice on the beef.
Add kernel corn and beef to soup.  Simmer another half hour.
Quality control is important.  Taste your soup during the last half hour.  If required add salt or soya sauce.  Sometimes I toss in a tablespoon or so of Worcestershire sauce.  This time I added one package of onion soup mix.
Allow jars to cool completely before storing in fridge.  Soup should be consumed within one week.
This soup freezes well, when freezing soup I use plastic containers rather than glass jars.
I always make big batches of soup to give away to friends. Homemade soup has no medicinal value but it makes people feel better. 


  1. this looks really good! I love having some homemade soup in the freezer, so I know I'll be trying this one out!

  2. Tammy this is making me hungry and I have just eaten dinner!!
    Looks delicious, will have to try it when the weather cools down a little, as its hot here Down Under.

  3. It looks tasty! I like those ingredients, nice directions too.


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