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Farmers Favorite Soup

I collect a lot of the tourist brochures and magazines for each town I visit because often they point out new and exciting things I may have missed in my travel planning from home. Many times they have local flavor items such as restaurant guides and even recipes which is how I came to find this one in a magazine from the Amish country in Ohio. It is a wonderful warm soup for a cool fall or winter day. I love the rustic flavor, but also love that the flavor always makes me imagine an Amish farmer savoring a steaming hot bowl of this soup as he warms up from being out in the field.

Soup is very flexible. Feel free to change around the ingredients for whatever you like. Use whatever meats, vegetables or grains you have in your refrigerator or pantry.


 1 pound hamburger
 1 large onion, chopped
 1 cup celery, chopped
 1 large potato, peeled and sliced (at least 1 cup)
 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
 salt and pepper to taste
 1 cup tomato sauce
 6 cups water
 1/4 cup cornmeal
 1/4 cup water


Brown the hamburger and onion, drain off fat. In a heavy pot combine the meat and onion mixture, celery, potatoes, carrots, salt and pepper, tomato sauce and 6 cups of water. Simmer with the cover on until the vegetables are tender. Make a think paste of the cornmeal and 1/4 cup water. Add to the soup stirring constantly so lumps do not form. Continue stirring until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

I like to serve this soup with a hunk of rustic or crusty bread on the side.

Serves: 3 to 4
Hamburger Onions Celery Potatoes Carrots Tomato_Sauce Cornmeal Stovetop Photo

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