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Beef Veggie Soup (mostly out of the can!)

September 14, 2011

A big thank you to my cousin Helen for this one. She always said this soup was hands down her favorite and the best meat/veggie soup she ever made.

This soup is very versatile. I have made it with/with-out the hamburger meat. I have even added small pearl onions, mushrooms, diced sweet potatoes! And elbow macaroni. This is a good next day soup as well as served immediately from the pot! Enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 pound hamburger meat
1 small onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, diced
2 teaspoons olive oil, if needed
1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans
1 (15 ounce) can of diced mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, potatoes)
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 (15 ounce) can white navy beans or black beans
– optional – also include 1 (15 ounce) can Carranza beans
1 (15 ounce) can Italian style zucchini
1 (28 ounces) can Italian diced tomatoes, do-not-drain!

additional water if needed for consistence (thickness) of this soup

1 good size bay leaf
1 teaspoon each dried basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt–to taste
Cracked black pepper–to taste
2 dashes of Tabasco for flavor only (optional, more for more heat if desired)

Directions:

1. In a heavy skillet, saute crumble hamburger, diced onions and garlic until meat is browned and onion and garlic is soft. Only add olive oil if needed for leaner blend of hamburger meat. Most hamburger meat have enough fat on its own. After hamburger, onion and garlic is fully cooked, (very important)drain off all oil/fats.
2. Add basil, thyme, oregano and parsley to meat mixture and let rest to the side while you put the other ingredients together.
3. Combine all other (canned) ingredients including bay leaf in a 2-1/2 quart saucepan and bring to just under the boil.
4. Add meat mixture and Tabasco to simmering pot of canned vegetables; continue to simmer for at least 15-20 minutes to marry flavors. Add additional water at this point if needed.
5. Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste. (note: most canned vegetables have enough salt in them to flavor this soup so do a taste check before adding more salt)

*Remove bay leaf before serving.

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