Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Healthy Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup

Good afternoon readers! How has your winter been? Here in Ohio we usually have dreadful winters full of snow and ice and below freezing winds. However this year, for some strange reason, has been devoid of all of these nasty weather conditions. Has it been cold? Yes, but I think the coldest day has still been in the 40s and we’ve had plenty of days in the 50s and even 60s. It’s strange but I’m not complaining!

I love making warm dishes for dinner during these colder months, especially soups. The winter months are also usually the sick months, so soup is good for warming the body (and soul!) as well as providing the ultimate comfort for an ache-y throat.

I found this recipe while browsing Pinterest. It sounded really good, but I made a few tweaks. If you’re being bombarded by cold weather or the sniffles, I highly recommend you try this soup!

Start off by browning 2 lbs of burger and 1 chopped onion in a large pan. Drain if needed.

After the burger is cooked all the way through, add 2 cups of chopped potatoes, 1 ½ cups of chopped carrots, 1 ½ cups of chopped celery, ½ cup of brown rice, 1 can of green beans, 1 can of corn, 6 cups of water, and spices (salt, pepper, basil, dried oregano, and 2 bay leaves). Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 40 minutes.

Once the soup has simmered for 40 minutes, add 15 oz of tomato sauce. Simmer the soup for another 20 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Healthy Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup


2 lbs ground beef
1 med onion (chopped)
2 cups chopped potatoes (peeled)
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1/2 cup brown rice
6 cups water
15 oz tomato sauce
1 can green beans
1 can corn
3 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 bay leaves


First, brown the burger and onions in a pan. Add one tsp salt for flavor. Drain if necessary.

Next, add the potatoes, carrots, celery, rice, water, corn, green beans, spices, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about forty minutes.

After the soup has simmered for about forty minutes, add the tomato sauce. Bring to a boil again and let simmer for another twenty minutes.

Serve and enjoy!


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