Marge’s Beef Soup

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The crisp fall air often inspires many home cooks to turn up the burners and create a simmering sensation that can be smelled from the front door. Continue to follow the scent and one may want to grab a spoon to sneak a taste of Marge Lord’s Beef Soup. Be warned that any unwanted trespassers may be scolded with the Soup Nazi’s famous phrase “No soup for you!”

Luckily, Marge’s dish only requires an hour of cooking time so just be patient. The resident of 2100 block of South Hancock Street, suggests serving it with a loaf of perfect-for-dipping French bread. 


1-1/2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup of onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 28-ounce can of tomato puree
6 cups of water
6 beef bouillon cubes
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 cup of uncooked orzo
1-1/2 cups of frozen peas, carrots and corn


Cook the beef, onion and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat until the meat is brown. Add the tomato puree, water, bouillon cubes and pepper to the mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Add the orzo and vegetables and simmer for an additional 40 minutes.

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