Hamburger Vegetable Soup 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.

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.

6 comments:

  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!!

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

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

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

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

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    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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