The weather here is frightful with cold winds that blow through our warmest coats and nip at our nose making us shiver. I love having a large pot of soup on the stove for the aroma and warmth that it brings the family after sledding or shoveling. A family favorite handed down from our best friend who was given this recipe from her mother-in-law. We’ve adapted it and made it our own and hopefully you’ll find it tasty so it can warm you on those cold chilly days.

Organic Hamburger Soup

1 pound of lean organic certified beef (choose beef from your local farmer that does not use hormones or antibiotics)

8 cups of water

8 beef bullion cubes (I like mine strong but adjust to desired flavor)

1 cup shredded organic carrots

1 cup finely diced organic celery

1 cup of diced organic tomatoes or 1 can of diced organic tomatoes

1 cup of barley uncooked

1 bay leaf

Cook your organic beef and drain off any fat. Add to the pot of water with bullion cubes. Add the other ingredients, saving the barely until the end. Add the barely one hour before eating the soup. Season to taste with onion powder, salt and pepper.

I like to serve with homemade bread and butter. I am expecting more people or would like to eat on this for a few days I’ll adjust the water, bullion cubes and veggies. I’ve also made this with lean organic ground turkey and it tastes delicious. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

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