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Homemade Hamburger Vegetable Soup
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Nothing says 'comfort' like a good hearty soup. Now fill that soup full of vegetables that your family likes and you will have an instant hit.
The wonderful thing about hamburger soup is that you can put in just what you want for vegetables and herbs. You could use left over vegetables from the fridge or a purchased blend of dried vegetables. Your herbs could include thyme, basil or savory, rosemary and garlic - pick the ones you like.
- 1 pound hamburger, thawed or fresh
- 4 cups total various vegetables, chopped
- large can of diced or stewed tomatoes
- fresh or dried herbs (thyme, savory, pepper, italian, etc), your favorites
- 4 tablespoons dried beef soup base
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- Fill a large, heavy pot about half full of water and place it on a burner on medium high heat. Whisk in the beef stock.
- Add chopped vegetables of your choice and canned tomatoes to the pot.
- While vegetables cook, scramble fry your hamburger until it is well cooked and no pink remains. Rinse under hot water to remove grease. Add to vegetables.
- Add desired herbs, vinegar and garlic.
- Mix well and allow to simmer until vegetables are tender.
- Taste and adjust flavors to your satisfaction.
If your soup has a sharp taste to it, try adding some granulated white sugar 1 tablespoon at a time blending it well and tasting after every addition.
If your soup is bland use some white vinegar to enhance the other flavors.
The addition of powdered beef soup base gives your soup a richer taste.
If unexpected company shows up don't panic. Just add some more water and beef stock to the pot. If you have time throw in some vegetables. Heat the pot up and serve.