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Best of Bridge Hamburger Soup

November 10, 2018

This slow cooker version of one of the most popular Bridge recipes of all time is just as easy as the classic. And (sacrilege!) we’ve phased out the can of cream of tomato soup to make it tastier and healthier...

Ingredients Makes 10 servings

Vegetable oil
11⁄2 lbs lean ground beef 750 g
1 medium onion, finely chopped 1
4 carrots, chopped 4
3 celery stalks, chopped 3
1 bay leaf 1
1⁄2 cup pearl or pot barley 125 mL
1 tbsp sugar 15 mL
1 tbsp cornstarch 15 mL
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) whole tomatoes, with juice 1
31⁄2 cups ready-to-use beef broth 875 mL

2 cups water 500 mL
11⁄2 cups tomato sauce 375 mL
2 tbsp soy sauce 30 mL


  1. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until starting to brown.
  2. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beef is browned and onion is softened. Scrape into a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Stir in carrots, celery, bay leaf, barley, sugar, cornstarch, salt, pepper, tomatoes, stock, water, tomato sauce and soy sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Discard bay leaf.
Hamburger soup freezes like a dream! If you’re serving a family of 4 or 5, let half the soup cool after cooking and ladle it into a freezer bag. Pull it out of the freezer and pop it in the fridge in the morning, and it will be thawed in time for dinner. Pour into a soup pot and reheat. If you insist on doing it the old-fashioned way, omit the sugar, cornstarch, beef stock, tomato sauce and soy sauce, and replace them with three 10-oz (284 mL) cans of beef consommé and one 10-oz (284 mL) can of tomato soup.


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