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Hearty traditional hamburger and potato recipe warms the soul
This delicious soup is like getting a hug from the inside out.
Ashley Brewer
10.04.21

What could be better on a crisp fall day than a flavorful, hot bowl of steaming soup? Unless you’re more in the mood for baked goods, chances are, not much.

Of course, deciding to indulge in some tasty soups and stews is a no-brainer. But the problem with it is- which one do you choose?

The possibilities are literally endless, and they all range from quick and simple to slow-simmered and complex, and anywhere in between.

One Fall classic that always seems to please even the pickiest of eaters, however, is a nice, hearty hamburger and potato soup!

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Just like with soup-choices themselves, this recipe is versatile enough that it can be adapted to include all your favorite veggies and flavors while remaining one of the simplest soups to throw together on a busy day.

Don’t have time to stand watch over a pot? That’s okay too. This recipe can easily be made all the more simple by tossing everything in your slow cooker and just walking away!

This recipe is inspired by Heather who contributed it to AllRecipes, and we must say that it stands up to the hype in the reviews and then some!

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Here is what you will need to get started:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped to preferred size
  • 4 large carrots, chopped to preference
  • 1 medium to large onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery (with leaves), chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach, packed (optional)
  • 1 can of corn (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of beef bouillon base according to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water to cover
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The first thing you’ll do is chop your ingredients.

This can all be done to suit you and your family’s preferences. We like a hearty, rustic cut on all the veggies where 1/2 to 1″ thick chunks of carrot and onions burst in your mouth like oversized flavor crystals with every bite.

If you’re more a fan of the small, bite-sized pieces, you can of course chop your veggies accordingly without worry. All the tasty flavors will still be there (and it may even shave a few minutes or so off your cook time).

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Step 1- everything but the burger

In a large stockpot (or the crock of your slow cooker) add the carrots, potatoes, onion, celery, garlic, beef base (bouillon), and salt and pepper to taste.

Cover all of the ingredients with water and bring to a boil. Once it begins boiling, let it cook until all of the veggies become tender, roughly 15 – 20 minutes. Be sure to test with a fork at the 10-minute mark if you chopped your veggies into smaller pieces, as they will obviously soften up more quickly.

Once your veggies are softened, briefly remove the pot from the heat and move onto the next step.

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Step 2- burger with all the options

Working carefully so as not to burn your fingers, take the raw ground beef and slowly crumble it into the soup. Work in small batches, dropping in the beef crumbles just above the soup so that it doesn’t cause a big, burning splash.

Mix the burger into the soup as you go. This will ensure the raw hamburger stays crumbled and doesn’t “glue” itself back together once it’s in the pot.

After all of your beef has been crumbled and mixed into the soup, add in your spinach and your canned corn. Stir to distribute and return it to the heat.

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Bring the soup back up to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow it to simmer until all of your veggies are cooked through, the spinach has wilted, and the ground beef has no pink left in it. This should only take about 15 – 20 minutes.

Note: if you are using a slow cooker to make your stew, just add in all of your ingredients except the spinach in the first step. Cook either on low for 6-8 hours or on high at 2-3 hours. About 20 to thirty minutes before you plan to eat it, add in your fresh spinach to become nice and wilted, but not overcooked.

Now all that’s left to do is dig in and enjoy!

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By Ashley Brewer
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Ashley Brewer is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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