Today was a pretty cold and snowy day, so a hot bowl of soup seemed like a good idea. I came up with this recipe based on other hamburger soup recipes and what we had available at home. I ate two bowlfuls and Ben had three for dinner, so I think this soup was a hit!
Hamburger and Kale Soup
- 1 lb of ground beef
- 32 oz of beef broth (one carton)
- 28 oz of crushed tomatoes
- 28 oz of water
- 10-12 small red potatoes (roughly chopped)
- 3-4 carrots (roughly chopped)
- 2 small onions (roughly chopped)
- 4 cloves of garlic (minced or roughly chopped)
- 1/2 lb of kale (roughly torn)
- 16 oz of frozen corn (one bag)
- 1 tsp of dried thyme
- 1 tsp of dried rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp of oregano
- 2 tsp of paprika
- 1 tbs of turmeric
- 2 tbs of cumin
- 10 oz of frozen spinach
- 1/2 of fresh green beans
- 10 oz of frozen peas
- 2 chopped bell peppers
- Dump the beef broth, crushed tomatoes, and water into a large pot.
- Put the roughly chopped potatoes into the pot with the liquid and bring to a boil.
- Brown and drain the ground beef.
- When the potatoes are partially cooked, put in the roughly chopped carrots.
- Add in the herbs and spices. Salt and pepper the soup.
- When the carrots are halfway cooked, added in the roughly chopped onions, garlic, and ground beef.
- When everything seems almost done, toss in the roughly torn kale.
- Stir the soup to mix the kale in. Salt and pepper the soup.
- When the kale is thoroughly wilted, add in the frozen corn.
- When the corn is thoroughly warmed (takes a minute), the soup is done.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Everything under ingredients is what I used. Variations are additions or substitutions that I think would work nicely in this soup. The measurements for the spices are approximations. I don’t actually know how much I put in. I roughly chop vegetables because 1) my cooking style is on the rustic side and 2) I lied about having a rustic cooking style, it’s really because I’m too lazy to do proper dicing. Having bigger, rougher chops is easier and I can dump things in and forget about it.