Hamburger Soup

Nice and simple and yet there are likely many variations. I recall this being a familiar item on our supper a main item with my Mother's YUMMY buns. Who needed more?!
Mix lean ground beef with egg, oatmeal, salt and pepper. You may add some parsley flakes and minced onion for flavour if you desire. form into tiny meatballs. Set aside. Peel and chop, to spoon size, several potatoes.
In a stock pot melt several tsp. of butter (or use oil). Put several whole or chopped onions in the stock pot to lightly brown in the butter. Put three bay leaves (this recipe is ALL about the BAY LEAVES) and five to ten peppercorns in a cheesecloth or spice strainer; place in stock pot. Add 6 to 8 cups water and bring to boil. Simmer for 1 hour to release full bay leaf flavour.
Bring to a boil again. Drop little meatballs into boiling broth. Turn to medium low for 15 minutes. Skim off any fat which rises to the top. Place potatoes into stock and cook until done.
If you want more of a meaty flavour you can add a can of beef or chicken broth. The meatballs will add flavour and 'fat' even if lean meat is used so if adding broth, make sure it is low fat. Serve and enjoy. My Dad always asked that HP sauce would be on the table for this meal as he liked to add a teaspoon of it for additional flavour. He was right, it was better that way.


  1. yup.another familia one.
    i add my own spin on it by adding tortellini and some other stuff to make it more.."modern". thanks for sharing, i think that our kids will have a week of the good ol' days ahead of them with supper...ya hoo. my mom is recovering from surgery so i have tried t make things that she doesn't make for variety and interest for them, but i am feeling very nostelgic these last days......:-)

  2. me too! Ever since I got back from seeing my 85 year old mother over my son's spring break. In fact, it was in that nostalgia looking up 'paska' that I stumbled on Lovella's blog and the they history

  3. Now I am tempted to make hamburger soup. Thanks Trish, this is one recipe I haven't ever made!

  4. OHHHHHHH. Y'all are making me so hungry. I hope to get one on sometime this week.



  5. All these recipes are making me hungry - but especially those Zweiback buns!

    I'm adding this blog to my sidebar, so I can be tempted daily with the wonderful recipes here.

  6. I've been looking for this recipe for along time. Thanks for posting it.
    Do any of you know what
    Culletten are? Little Hamburgers?

  7. Trish, you haven's posted for a while ... I just noticed your comment about having just bought measuring spoons and I wanted to tell you that a true Mennonite doesn't even use them. So you're OK.