Normally, this is something that takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. An hour if I am distracted.
Here is the timeline.
Pull out an onion and some garlic. Chop it finely. Pull out a skillet. Put some olive oil in it.
Baby cries and needs to be changed and fed. 45 minutes later.
Turn on the flame under the skillet. Add the garlic and onions and saute until golden.
Baby cries and needs to be changed and fed. She requires an outfit change.
Turn off the flame.
About an hour later, pull out the ground beef, rice, eggs, oregano. Add the sauteed veggies and mix well.
Chop another onion and garlic. Saute them in a large pot.
Baby has puked on herself. Outfit must be changed.
Turn off the large pot.
Forty five minutes later because baby wants to be eat and then diaper needed to be changed.
Turn on the large pot and finish cooking down the onions. Go and find two cartons of chicken broth.
Realize that you need to pick up kidlet from school.
Turn off the flame, gather up the sleeping baby, load her into a car seat and go pick up kidlet.
One hour later, (kidlet needed a snack, gas up the car and unload the kid and baby), turn the flame on the big pot and add the broth. Add a can of tomatoes.
Baby has now puked again. It is in her hair. She requires a bath. Leave the pot on a low flame. Bathe the baby and put her in the third outfit for the day. After she is dressed, her diaper needs to be changed. While doing the diaper change, my shirt needs to be changed. Baby is upset about this and needs to be nursed again. Another hour passes.
Drop the meat mixture into balls into the broth and cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes until the meatballs float.
That is how to make soup in five hours.