Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup

So. School has started. After school activities have started. My oldest and youngest are in a local production of The Little Mermaid (and the oldest is Flounder, so he’s at every rehearsal.) And I’m just so. freaking. tired. All the time. We’re hitting up the drive-thru more than we should and I think all of us have just been craving something hearty and healthy and homemade. Something with vegetables that are not French fries. I had a fridge and freezer full of good intentions that needed to be used up, so I started throwing stuff into this Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup and it turned out to be exactly what we needed.

Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup from Our Best Bites

We all felt better (physically AND emotionally!) after eating this. And the beauty of this recipe is that you can customize it depending on your preferences and what you need to use up. Need to use up some ground beef or have it waiting in your freezer?

package of ground beef

Use that! Have some leftover pot roast? Use that instead of hamburger! Zucchini? Yellow squash? Bell peppers? Celery? Spinach? Use them!

vegetables for hamburger vegetable soup

It freezes beautifully and tastes even better the next day. And before you ask, yes, that is 1/4 cup of chopped garlic. It will be bring you nothing but happiness.

Another great thing about this recipe is that you can make it on the stovetop (about 45 minutes start to finish), in the Crock Pot, or in the Instant Pot, whatever is most convenient for you! ALSO. It only has 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle Points!

Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup from Our Best Bites

Hamburger Vegetable Soup

5 from 1 vote
A healthy, comforting beef vegetable soup that can be easily made on weeknights! To make things even more convenient, you can either make it in the Crock Pot or the Instant Pot!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 90% or leaner*
  • 1 large onion minced
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 3-4 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms you can chop half or all of them to hide them
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 + teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 16- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water**
  • 1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar start with 1 and add more if your soup needs a little more kick**
  • 1 box 4 cups; 2 cans of beef broth
  • 1 pound baby potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 12- ounce package frozen cut green beans
  • 1 12- ounce package frozen corn
  • *You can substitute 1 pound leftover chopped pot roast for the hamburger if you'd like. Sauté the onions, garlic, carrots, and mushrooms, but you don't need to sauté the meat.
  • **If you enjoy cooking with wine you can replace the water and red wine vinegar with 1 cup of red wine. Don't use cooking wine--it's too salty.

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add onions, garlic, and carrots and sauté for 1-2 minutes or until the onions are fragrant and begin to soften. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking down the meat, until the meat is about halfway cooked. Add mushrooms, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, and season with salt and pepper.
  • When the beef is done cooking, turn heat up to medium-high and allow the juices to cook off. Add the water and vinegar (or red wine, if you prefer) and stir to combine. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the corn and beans and then continue to simmer until the potatoes are fork tender. Season with salt and pepper (you may need to add quite a bit of salt if you use reduced sodium beef broth.) Serve with rolls or bread.

Notes

CROCK POT INSTRUCTIONS

Prepare the recipe as directed through browning the meat. Transfer to a crockpot and add all remaining ingredients except beans and corn. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours. 1-2 hours before serving, add the beans and corn and allow to cook through.

INSTANT POT Instructions

Using the sauté setting on your instant pot, prepare the ingredients through the sauté step. Add ALL remaining ingredients and use the manual setting to cook for 5 minutes. Season to taste.
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Questions & Reviews

  1. I am a little confused…the instructions say to add beans and peas…but those are not part of the recipe?? Help please!

    1. The beans are the green beans in the recipe. I’m not sure why it said peas in the slow cooker instructions, but I just fixed that typo! It should be corn 🙂 Sorry for the confusion!

  2. I made this tonight. My husband doesn’t like mushrooms, so I left those out. I had a lone zucchini that needed to be used up, so that got added in. Didn’t have Tobasco, so I used Tapatio. It was SO GOOD! We’ve been living off candy around here and it was so nice to get in a lot of vegetables. I love how customizable this recipe is. THANK YOU!

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE this soup and have made it multiple times. I use ground turkey instead of hamburger and didn’t add mushrooms. It makes up a huge pot and I freeze it for easy lunches at work. Super easy to make, delicious to eat and all in one pot for easy clean up!

  4. Everyone in my family loved this soup! I did a different vinegar because I didn’t have the one in the recipe. I left out the corn because of dietary issues – but this is such a great recipe! I don’t love soup and I even loved it. It also works great for my kid who has IBS – all the ingredients are ones they can have except for the corn. Thank you so much!!!!!

  5. I love a good hamburger soup! This sounds great. What would the serving size be for the weight watchers points?