When my oldest daughter Heather was little, I used to take her to a co-op preschool where the parents were involved in helping. Every year we would read the story “Stone Soup” by Ann McGovern, to the kids and then make our own version of it to eat for lunch. I loved that story and have thought about it through out the years. I was always amazed how just throwing a bunch of ingredients together could make such a yummy soup. We were all given an assignment of something to bring to throw into our “Stone Soup”, and it always turned out delicious.
Since then I have made several versions of that soup, but I usually just call it Hamburger Soup. I love to just throw it all into the crock pot in the morning and then enjoy it for dinner that night. You could always make it fun for your little ones, and read them the story to go along with it. Of course we always added a stone, (a clean one) to the soup. It brings back fun memories of when my kids were little.
You can easily adapt this recipe to whatever vegetables your family enjoys.
- 1 lb.ground beef, browned
- 5 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato soup
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 4 carrots, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 can green beans
- 1 envelope onion soup mix
- (Optional: add whatever vegies you like: corn, peas, broccoli, etc.)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Put all cut vegetables in a crock pot. Put in enough water to just cover.
- Add the soup, soup mix and hamburger.
- Cover and cook on high 6 hours.
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
- Serve with a slice of french bread.