Easy Hamburger Soup – Step into my kitchen, where today we’re cooking up a simple Hamburger Soup that will warm your soul. This recipe has become a feature, in our household combining the deliciousness of ground beef, tender potatoes, and a delightful medley of vegetables all simmered in a flavorful broth. It’s the solution for those busy evenings or when you crave a comforting meal that feels like a cozy embrace.
The first time I prepared this soup it was on a chilly night when I desired something easy yet satisfying. To my surprise not only was it incredibly simple to make but it also won over the hearts of my family. My husband, who is usually skeptical about recipes asked for seconds while even the little one devoured their veggies without hesitation. It was a hit. Has since become a beloved favorite in our home.
What makes this Easy Hamburger Soup truly special?
Our Easy Hamburger Soup embodies comfort food with an added touch of healthiness. It’s an effortless recipe that guarantees a filling meal ready, in 35 minutes. The lean ground beef provides protein while the combination of frozen vegetables ensures you’re getting an array of vital nutrients. What makes this soup such a beloved choice, for families is how adaptable it is. Whether you prefer to follow the recipe or experiment with vegetables and spices it provides a delightful platform for your culinary creativity. It’s perfect, for those busy weekdays or a comforting weekend meal guaranteed to bring warmth and satisfaction to both your heart and palate.
What You Need To Make This Easy Hamburger Soup Recipe?
Lean Ground Beef: The attraction! Using beef not only ensures a healthier soup but also maintains that delicious meaty taste we all enjoy. It’s, like having the best of both worlds. Indulgence without feeling guilty.
Onion & Garlic: These aromatic ingredients are the foundation of flavor. They create a base that’s rich in taste and aroma setting the stage for a soup that’s both fragrant and full-bodied.
Potatoes: The humble potato adds a comforting and earthy element to the soup. They absorb the flavors of the broth and spices turning into bursts of flavor with every bite.
Beef Broth: The quality of your broth can make or break your soup. A good beef broth provides a hearty foundation enhancing the taste experience.
Canned Diced Tomatoes & Tomato Soup: This combination brings a touch of acidity and brightness balancing out the heartiness of the beef and potatoes. The juice, from tomatoes adds a layer of flavor while condensed tomato soup contributes to a smooth and velvety texture.
Worcestershire Sauce: Just a small amount brings in slightly tangy flavors that subtly enhance all tastes in the pot.
Italian Seasoning & Bay Leaf: These herbs provide a blend of flavors adding an aromatic touch, to your dish. Every spoonful carries the essence of these timeless seasonings.
Salt & Pepper: The foundation of seasoning. Adjust them based on your preference to enhance the flavors of the ingredients.
Mixed Vegetables: This is where you can let your creativity shine! Incorporate an assortment of vegetables, for both appeal and nutritional benefits. Whether sourced from markets or conveniently stored in the freezer they contribute texture, color, and an abundance of flavors.
Steps To Make Easy Hamburger Soup:
Step 1: Start by sautéing the onion, ground beef, and garlic in a pot. Keep stirring until the beef is nicely browned and crumbly. Remember to drain any fat!
Step 2: Afterward add the potatoes, beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and a bay leaf, for that touch of flavor. Cover the pot. Let everything simmer together for 10 minutes. The aroma is absolutely delightful!
Step 3: Lastly, introduce the vegetables. Continue simmering for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. You want the potatoes to become tender and all the flavors to harmonize beautifully.
To elevate your Easy Hamburger Soup to the next level, consider browning your ground beef in batches. Why? Browning the beef in smaller quantities allows each piece to get a nice sear, developing a rich, caramelized crust. This process, known as the Maillard reaction, not only deepens the flavor of the beef itself but also leaves a fond (those delicious browned bits) at the bottom of the pot. When you add your broth and vegetables, these bits dissolve, infusing the entire soup with an incredible depth of flavor that can’t be achieved any other way. It’s a simple step that makes a world of difference in crafting a soup that tastes like it’s been simmering for hours!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I make this soup in a slow cooker?
Of course! You can definitely prepare this soup in a slow cooker. Simply brown the beef first. Then add all the ingredients to your slow cooker. Let it cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or, on high for around 3 to 4 hours.
How can I store and reheat leftovers?
To store any leftovers make sure to use an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers you can reheat them either on the stove or, in the microwave until they are hot.
Can I freeze this soup?
If you’d like to freeze this soup that’s no problem. Just remember to exclude the potatoes before freezing as they can lose their texture when thawed. It’s best to freeze it in portions so that you can easily reheat them whenever you want a meal.
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