Monday, March 23, 2015

Crock Pot Hamburger Soup

**originally posted on on 3-16-15**

Hard to believe this is almost the last "Julie's Crock of the Week" for season 4! You will get one more next week, but that will be from the winner of the Julie's Crock of the Week Giveaway (MAKE SURE TO ENTER TO WIN! Click on the link above to enter your recipe in the contest!). This recipe reminds my of my grandma, who passed away about 10 years ago. She was a fantastic cook. I wish she would have lived a few more years to see my family and help me out with recipes and tips now that I am cooking for a family instead of just myself! While I retained some tips from her over the years, there is so much more I could have learned from her. This soup is one she made. This one and her bean & ham soup were ones I remember most. My grandpa had polio, so his mobility was limited, and since he couldn't do manual labor, the two of them invested in a lot of businesses, and worked hard! They ran and owned a few restaurants and taverns, and my grandma handled the cooking. After my grandpa passed in the 70's, she went on to be the head cook for a hospital, so let me tell you, she knew her stuff. My dad is an excellent cook, too. He helped as a kid with working in the tavern and restaurants with them. I like to think I'm carrying on her passion and traditions with my family, and with sharing my love of cooking with you all through WGLR over the years. Thanks for making this so fun for me. So, make this soup and whip up a loaf of beer bread like my Grandma Bernice did whenever she made soup, and enjoy it with your family! It's an easy and relatively inexpensive recipe, too! It's Crock Pot Hamburger Soup.

Hamburger soup


  • 2lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 white onion, peeled and diced
  • 14teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste
  • 12teaspoon dry oregano, more to taste
  • 12teaspoon dry basil, more to taste
  • 14teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 (1 1/2 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
  • 6 cups water, more to desired consistency
  • 1(8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1(15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1(15 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1cup celery leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup white potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • garlic salt, to taste (after cooking)
Brown ground beef with the onion in a pan. Drain. Transfer to slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients, and stir it up. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Sprinkle on garlic salt to taste when done. Serve with shredded cheese or sour cream on top, if desired!

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