This easy hamburger macaroni soup shows up quite often for dinner at our house, especially during the fall and winter.
It’s warm and satisfying without being too heavy and so easy to stir together.
(For an even lighter version, I sometimes substitute ground turkey for the ground beef in my hamburger macaroni soup.)
Another thing that makes this easy hamburger macaroni soup a winner is its versatility.
After making it once or twice you can make substitutions and adjust seasonings based on your tastes and what’s in the pantry. I sometimes add a bit of dried thyme, basil, or Italian seasoning. I also use whatever macaroni I have on hand. Most recently I used thin multi-grain spaghetti broken into 1-inch pieces.
This is a really easy hamburger macaroni soup recipe too since it calls for a package of frozen mixed vegetables instead of fresh, saving lots of peeling and chopping time and effort. (I don’t feel bad using frozen vegetables, especially during the winter. They are economical, and since they are frozen at their peak of freshness, are often as nutritious as fresh.)
I like to serve this easy hamburger macaroni soup with toasted sourdough bread, homemade beer bread, or corn bread.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 pound very lean ground beef
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (14 to 14.5 ounce) can beef broth
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup uncooked macaroni or 1 cup spaghetti broken into 1-inch pieces
- In a stockpot over medium-high heat add the olive oil. Crumble up the ground beef and add it to the pot, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Add the salt and pepper and additional seasoning if you like. Continue to cook, giving it a stir from time to time, until the ground beef is cooked through and browned all over. This will take about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in both cans of tomatoes, the broth, the frozen vegetables and the bay leaf. Then fill both tomato cans with water and add to the pot. Stir everything together and let the soup come up to a boil. Give it another stir then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot and let the soup simmer for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour if you have the time.
- Stir in the macaroni and cover the pot again. Let the soup simmer until it has thickened up a bit and the pasta is al dente. This will take about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the type of macaroni you are using.
Source: The Dinner Doctor
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