I love soup. I even like soup from a can. But I especially like canned soup when I start with a can and then embellish it with extra ingredients, inventing my own tasty creation as I go, based on what I happen to have in my pantry or freezer. That's how this four-ingredient Hamburger Vegetable Soup recipe was born.
This was last night's dinner and worked well to comfort our bodies after a very cold, almost-winter's day. Served with cornbread and a bowl of mixed fruit, the recipe generously fed two of us with a bit left over for today's lunch. Simply double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe if you're serving a bigger family.
Here's my "homemade-up" recipe:
4-Ingredient Hamburger Vegetable Soup
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 can condensed vegetable soup plus a soup can of water
1 can seasoned diced tomatoes
16-ounce package of frozen mixed vegetables (or use canned or leftover vegetables if you prefer)
In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go, until no longer pink. Add the soup (plus the can of water) and the diced tomatoes. Stir together well. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the vegetables and return to a simmer. Put a lid on the pan, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes, or just until the vegetables are done if you're in a hurry.
Serve steamy bowls or mugs of soup along with cornbread or crackers plus a bowl of peaches or other fruit for a nice, cool contrast.
Serves 3. Recipe can be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for a crowd.
- Feel free to substitute ground turkey for the beef. Our family prefers extra-lean ground beef.
- If you enjoy a spicy soup, add Cajun Seasoning or Chili Powder to taste.
- Because I used canned ingredients, I chose not to add additional salt.
- Choose a healthier version (i.e. reduced sodium) soup if you prefer.
- Seasoned diced tomatoes are available in a variety of flavor combinations. Use your favorite (Italian, Mexican, etc.).
- Stretch the flavor and the quantity of the soup even more by adding a can of beans or leftover cooked rice or macaroni.
Enjoy "homemade-up" soup recipes? Here are a couple more of our family's favorites.
Quick Easy Chili Recipe
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