EASY HAMBURGER SOUP FOR MOMS – err, PARENTS – WHO HATE TO COOK!
Continuing on the theme of balanced family meals for moms (and dads) who hate to cook. Here's an easy recipe for Hamburger Soup by Michelle Mah who, incidentally, loves to cook but even natural-born chefs need a quick meal idea when they are pressed for time.
After the kids' piano lessons one morning, they were happy to be home. It was almost noon and I needed something hot, quick and easy for their lunch on such a snowy, dreary, winter's day. It was a perfect day for soup!
Running around all morning like many busy moms with young children, I really didn't feel like chopping a whole bunch of vegetables. I honestly just wanted to open a can of soup and be done with the meal – but then I wouldn't be satisfied as I find that cans of soup are skimpy, especially since I am used to making my family meals from scratch!
With a bit of compromise, I was able to use frozen vegetables and meat from my freezer and ingredients from my pantry to come up with this tasty soup that kids like:
EASY HAMBURGER SOUP WITH LOTS OF VEGGIES
- 1lb lean ground beef, thawed or frozen
- 1 small onion
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 can mushrooms
- 2 cans vegetable soup
- 3 cans water
- 2 handfuls barley or small-shaped pasta (alphabet, baby shells, orzo)
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- Yield: 4 servings
In a soup pot, brown hamburger over medium heat. Rinse / drain fat off the meat and return to pot. Add onions and sautee for a few minutes until onions are soft.
Add vegetable soup, water, mixed frozen vegetables, mushrooms and tomato paste.
Bring to a boil.
Add pasta, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally until pasta is cooked and soup has thickened nicely. Then simply serve your hungry little monsters.
USEFUL TIP FOR PARENTS
If serving hot soup to (very) anxious, hungry kiddies, add 1-2 ice cubes. The children love seeing the ice shrink and disappear into the soup as they mix it. By the time it has disappeared, it will be cool enough for them to gobble up.
This is great tip for eating out at restaurants!
For other easy recipes, see Grandma's Superspuds, Crockpot Tortellini Dinner and Hearty Chicken Potato Soup.
Stay tuned for Easy Meal Plans for Moms Who Hate to Cook – coming soon. Enjoy! •
Michelle Mah is a Chinese-Canadian mother born in Vancouver, Canada. Once a System Analyst for a radiology software firm in Richmond, BC, she married a family physician. Together they raise their family in rural 100 Mile House, BC.
Now a busy stay-at-home mom, Michelle's three active children are the inspiration for documenting recipes that have been passed down by her Alzheimers-stricken father in the last 15yrs. She is thankful that she can share the family's heritage through food. Michelle is determined to chronicle not only her father's chow mein recipe and fried rice recipe, but also as many family favourites and regular dishes as she can. Each post on her In Michelle's Kitchen is a diary entry for her children to discover later in life, to learn more about their Chinese heritage, and to remember family life through the eyes of their mother.
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