Easy Hamburger Soup
For us in the midwest, the awesome 70 degree days are coming to an end. The weather is taking a turn for the cold and rainy and that is the time, I love to make a hearty soup to warm us up.
Also during this busy season we need fast healthy meals for the whole family. This recipe is one of my favorite. It is hearty, family friendly and EASY. It is perfect for colder weather as well as anytime. The recipe calls to be made on the stove top, but could easily go into a crock pot. I personally make in the instant pot to make it even faster.
YIELDS: 12 servings PREP TIME: 15 mins COOK TIME: 30 mins TOTAL TIME: 45 mins
2 1/2 lb. ground chuck
1 whole large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) can whole tomatoes
3 c. beef stock or beef broth, plus more as needed
1 whole yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 whole carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
5 whole red potatoes, cut into chunks
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, more to taste
1/2 tsp. black pepper, more to taste
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. ground oregano
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, more to taste
In a large pot over medium-high heat or (Sauté in instant pot), brown the meat with the onion, celery, and garlic. Remove the pot from the heat and drain off as much fat as you can. (Discard the fat once it cools.) (Instant Pot - Sauté in instant pot)
Return the pot to the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, then cover the pot and simmer the soup for 15-20 more minutes, until potatoes are tender but not overly mushy. (or cover instant pot and high pressure for 6 minutes - do instant pressure release)
Soup should be somewhat thick, but if you'd like it to be more "soupy," add 1 to 2 cups more broth OR hot water and heat through. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt if needed.
Serve with Brazi Bites.
Recipe adapted from Pioneerwoman.