Friday, February 22, 2013

Slow Cooking Supper: Hamburger Soup

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When I’m talking to someone one-on-one, I often find myself blurting out the most ridiculous things.  Am I the only person this happens to?  In fact, this happens so much, especially at work (since I’m at work most of the time), that I’m convinced all my coworkers think I am nuts.  Some probably think it’s slightly nutty in a good way, others probably think it’s nutty as in I should be locked up. 

Let me give you two examples.  A wonderful accountant was telling me about his fraternity reunion weekend and how he accidentally hit himself in the head (he had a huge bump, it was impossible to hide).  He told his boss he went skiing.  He was like I don’t think people hit themselves in the head.  And I was like, really?  I feel like I hit myself in the head all the time!  John will confirm that I actually DO hit my head when I am gesturing (which is every time I am talking, which is practically every minute of every day).  Add him to the 'nutty and lock her up' column.

Yesterday, I was in the bathroom with one of the HR assistants.  There is this annoying problem in the women’s room where people do not change toilet paper rolls.  However, it’s been quite a boon for me since I want to make this wreath for spring and if we just use the toilet paper rolls from our house, well I wouldn’t have enough.  I explained to the HR assistant how I frequently take them so I can make a wreath.  She laughed, I think with me…but maybe at me.  Then, to make matters worse, I followed up by sending her the link of the wreath.  Yes, add her to the 'nutty and lock her up; column. 

This dish might sound slightly nutty as well – whoever thought to turn hamburgers into soup.  John was skeptical but even he had to admit how DELICIOUS it was!  We, of course, lightened up by using less salt, low-sodium chicken stock (over beef), and less cheese.  But, no matter.  It was still delightful…just like me!
Hamburger Soup (adapted from A Family Feast)
Serves:  6
6 ounces ditalini pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups onions, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 pound ground turkey
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1-14 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 quarts low-sodium chicken stock (or beef)
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
6 ounces baby spinach
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese*

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.  

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Cook the onions and celery for 3-5 minutes, until onion is translucent.  Then, add turkey and brown.  Transfer to the slow cooker.  Stir in tomato paste, diced tomatoes, stock, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce.  Let cook over low heat for 4-6 hours.  Stir in the spinach, reserved pasta, salt, and pepper.  Stir 3-5 minutes, until spinach is wilted.  Pour into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
*We used the cheese as a garnish instead of stirring more of it into the soup like the original recipe to cut calories.  Sprinkling it on top still gave us that nice taste!

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. My MIL used to make a soup similar to this called steak soup. I loved that stuff and haven't thought about it in years. I'm going to give this one a try.

    1. oooh that sounds good Karen. Also, I keep meaning to ask you what camera you are using...I want to get a new one and I'm trying to figure out how it can / would upgrade my pics. Yours are always gorgeous!

  2. Haha you are too funny! Your soup is packed with comfort! I made a cheeseburger soup before but I think yours trumps that.

    1. I think cheese trumps pretty much everything else, always!! I'm going to have to go find that one on your blog :)

  3. I love how you are off on a one subject and then BOOM, recipe. Had me LOLing before my first cup of coffee (and THAT'S a miracle. So put me in the "nutty, I like her column." I also have a strange love affair with my slow cooker, so this is a great recipe idea. I can't wait to try it! Happy SITS Day!!!

  4. I love the recipe but would use ground turkey because of the taste and it goes better, too, with the chicken broth. Cute pasta. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  5. Love this recipe! I will be trying this soon before the weather warms up around here! Thanks for sharing, and happy SITS day!

  6. Always happy to see another slow cooker recipe! Happy SITS day!

  7. I just had to come find out what hamburger soup was all about. Enjoy your SITS day today. This piqued my interest for sure.

  8. First off- I am a nutty nut nut too!!! And secondly, that recipe looks AMAZING!!! :) Happy SITS day!!!

  9. Sounds yummy! And I have plenty of toilet paper tubes in my house if you need any more :) Enjoy your SITS day!

  10. My family has a crockpot hamburger stew that they have been making since my mom was a kid. I have been wanting to updated but didnt know where to start...I have a few ideas now. Thanks.

    Visiting from SITS!!!

  11. This really looks yummy! What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing :) Have a happy SITS day!

  12. My husband is going to love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it and Happy SITS Day!

  13. I love the idea of hamburger soup! Not crazy at all. Happy SITS Day!

  14. I, too, am filter-less. My husband often wonders why I just told a complete stranger that totally random story. :)

  15. Mmmm, if I left out the pasta this would fit my low carb lifestyle! Thanks! and happy SITS day, late.


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