Poor Man's Soup

Hardly an appropriate title in view of today’s prices for ground beef, but this soup was a budget meal in New England several decades ago.


1 pound lean ground beef
2 teaspoons chopped oregano
2 quarts beef stock
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 turnips, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 onions, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup barley


Combine beef and oregano and roll into walnut-sized balls. Set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in soup kettle and simmer 5 minutes. Add meatballs and simmer, partially covered, 30 minutes longer, or until all vegetables are tender.

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Serves 6-8

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