Amish Cook: Simmer a flavorful soup for a hearty dinner

2014-05-28T00:00:00Z Amish Cook: Simmer a flavorful soup for a hearty dinnerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Soups are always a good meal option for dinner. Following are a few favorites from The Amish Cook column over the years.


1 pound hamburger

1 onion, chopped

2 cups potatoes, diced

1 cup carrots, diced

1 pint corn

1 pint peas

1 quart tomato juice

1 1 /2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Brown hamburger and onion in a skillet. Put hamburger and onion into a large pot and add potatoes, carrots, corn peas, tomato juice, and salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are soft. Recipe note: Sometimes I use a pint of beef chunks instead of hamburger. I also leave the onion whole and cook it with the rest of the vegetables.


1 cup water

2 heaping teaspoons of instant coffee

4 teaspoons of white sugar

3 cups milk

Crackers or toasted bread

DIRECTIONS: Heat water until boiling and set off. Add coffee and sugar. Put on stove again and add milk. Take off when hot and crumble toasted bread or crackers into it. Or it can be enjoyed without either.


1 quart canned, cooked beef

1 quart homemade noodles

4 medium potatoes, diced and peeled

salt and pepper to taste

1 medium onion, chopped

DIRECTIONS: Fill 6 quart kettle with 3 quarts of water and bring to a hard boil. Add potatoes, noodles and onion together in the kettle on top of the stove and return to a hard boil (about 8 minutes). Then add cooked beef and hard boil for 12 more minutes. Do not overcook or too much liquid will be lost. Beef soup base can be used in place of the beef. If using soup base, no salt should be added until serving, as soup bases are already high in sodium. Add two more quarts of water. Change heat from high to low and cook for about 15 minutes.

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach Lovina at The Amish Cook, P.O. Box 157, Middletown, Ohio 45042 or visit for more recipes and videos.

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