Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Super Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

Okay. Since winter is hanging on by its gnarled, frosty fingernails, I am going to defy it by enjoying my favorite soup recipes. This easy vegetable soup is courtesy of my mom. It involves browning ground beef and pouring a bunch of cans into a large stock pot. Done.

1/2 lb of hamburger, browned and drained
1 can of carrots
1 can of corn
1 can of peas
1 can of green beans
2 cans of tomato sauce or 1 large can
1 can of water or so
Spices you have on hand (Mom always used a teaspoon or so of Mrs. Dash)
Salt and pepper to taste

Add the contents of all the cans and the water to the browned hamburger and stir. Do not drain the vegetables! The liquid from each can combines with the tomato sauce to make this soup awesome. All you have to do is heat it up. It's a lot of good healthy food in a bowl (okay, except for the hamburger).

This is also great if you have some leftover veg in the fridge, but you will need to simmer it longer if you have raw vegetables, and you may need to add a can or 2 of vegetable broth to make up for the lack of liquid that would normally come from the canned vegetables. I like to add dried onion and garlic, but sometimes I add Italian seasoning, thyme, or a bay leaf. Just depends on what I have on hand.

It makes a ton and tastes just as good reheated. Sometimes my mom adds potatoes or instant rice and cooks it longer.

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