Hamburger Vegetable Soup Recipe

I like to start with a can of soup, inventing my own tasty creation as I go. That's how this 4-ingredient Hamburger Vegetable Soup recipe was born.

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.

Recipe notes: 

  • 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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I like to start with a can of soup, inventing my own tasty creation as I go. That's how this 4-ingredient Hamburger Vegetable Soup recipe was born.


  1. Well I'm hungry now and it's just after lunch. It looks delicious Susan, you sure do know how to dress up a simple can of soup and turn into something special!!

    1. That's one of my favorite things to do, Sam, especially this time of year!

  2. Love the time saving idea of using a can of soup as a base !

    1. And the results are limited only by your imagination. Try it, Savvy, you'll like it!

  3. I can eat soup several times a week. I always like reading new soup recipes.

    1. Glad you found this recipe, Angela! I'm with you on eating soup, especially this time of year. Never tire of it!


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