When we think of hamburger meat, we probably think of eating it in its most typical burger form. In the summertime, that means breaking out the grill, throwing some burgers on it with some nice buns, topping with cheese, ketchup, mustard and whatever else our little hearts desire. Still, there are plenty of other uses for hamburger besides the ways we might be used to. Fortunately, we have one of those recipes for you to try for yourself today.
Have you ever tried hamburger soup? Even if it doesn’t sound particularly fancy, it is a delicious and nutritious dinner that you can put together in no time at all. If you’re on a budget or you have a lot of extra vegetables you need to put to quick use, this recipe is also perfect for you. Although we don’t always think to make soup or a stew the star of our dinner, this one is definitely worth it. So let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of lean ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3 1/2 cups of beef broth
- 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 can of condensed tomato soup
- 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups of mixed vegetables, fresh or frozen
Here’s what you do:
1. To get started, get out a pan and throw your ground beef and minced garlic in over medium-high heat. Leave it in there until it’s completely browned and none of the pink is left over. When it looks good, drain out the excess fat and leave the beef and garlic in the pan.
2. Next, add in your potatoes, beef broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves into the mix. Mix everything up and cover the pan, letting it simmer for about 10 minutes.
3. When the time is up, open it up again and add in your mixed vegetables, whatever they may be. Stir them in well and cover the pan again, simmering for another 15 to 20 minutes.
4. After that time is up, open up the lid and check to make sure the potatoes have cooked to the point where they’re tender. If everything looks good, scoop the soup out into bowls and serve while it’s still hot!
Although this recipe may be “meat and potatoes” as advertised, it’s a very economical way to prepare a hearty meal for your whole family without cutting out any flavor. The beef adds some texture and meatiness to the mix while the veggies stewing in the broth brings out their own unique flavors as well.
While some of the recipes we post require very close following of directions, this one is a little bit looser. Once you’ve browned your beef and garlic, feel free to add whatever extra vegetables or seasonings you need to your stew. If you’re not into the flavor of the bay leaf, switch it out for whatever other spices and seasonings you feel would work better. Above all, have fun with this recipe and let us know how it all turns out!
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Source: Spend With Pennies