Spicy Hamburger Soup

that's coriander/cilantro sprinkled liberally on top

that’s coriander/cilantro sprinkled liberally on top

Don’t you just hate it when you get your lazy butt to the gym only to find that your regular instructor has been replaced by a pimply-faced 17 year old who smells like he hasn’t showered in weeks and insists on calling you and your fellow gym-goers “ladies”. As in: “Time to get those butts moving ladies!

Perhaps his irritating condescension was a ploy to get us all fired up and energised with rage. Perhaps he’s a jerk.

I topped mine with creamy avocado, Hubs went for cheese (which kinda makes it cheeseburger soup I guess)

I topped mine with creamy avocado, Hubs went for cheese (which kinda makes it cheeseburger soup I guess)

Whatever the reason, I came home from the gym ticked off, grumpy and craving a hearty bowl of something nutritious but comforting.

I used butternut squash, but feel free to throw in any veggies you have lying around

I used butternut squash, but feel free to throw in any veggies you have lying around

This soup was it. I mean, anything called ‘hamburger soup’ has to hit the spot, amiright?!

Spicy Hamburger Soup (serves 3-4)

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small, white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups beef (or chicken) stock
  • 1 14.5oz can tinned diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsps yellow mustard
  1. Add the ghee to a large, wide-bottomed saucepan and melt over a low to medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and chili and let fry gently for a few minutes.
  2. Add the beef to the pot, breaking it up with a spoon. Stir in the oregano and paprika and season generously with sea salt and black pepper.
  3. When the meat is browned, add the celery and squash, followed by the tomatoes, tomato paste, mustard bay leaves and stock. Bring to a boil then reduce to a gentle simmer. Let it bubble away for 25-30 minutes until the veggies are tender then serve.

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