Basic Crock Pot Hamburger Soup

hamburger soup with tomato sauce
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  • 7 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 6 Servings

This popular hamburger soup is a hearty mixture of ground beef, vegetables, and some macaroni. Parmesan cheese and onion soup mix flavor this soup beautifully.  

The recipe calls for uncooked ground beef, but I always brown ground beef for the slow cooker. Browning enhances the flavor and color.

Serve this tasty soup with biscuits or cornbread

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound very lean ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups boiling water or unsalted beef stock
  • 1 beef bouillon cube or beef flavor granules (omit if you use beef stock)
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup macaroni, cooked & drained

How to Make It

  1. Crumble uncooked ground beef into slow cooker. Brown the ground beef first, if desired.
  2. Add pepper, oregano, basil, seasoned salt, onion soup mix.
  3. Stir in water, bouillon, tomato sauce and soy sauce; then add celery and carrots.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Turn to HIGH and add cooked macaroni and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Cover and cook on HIGH for 10 to 15 minutes.

Tips and Variations 

  • To cook the soup on the stovetop, brown the ground beef in a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Add the remaining ingredients, except macaroni, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour.  Add the macaroni and heat through.
  • Add diced rutabaga or parsnips to the soup.
  • Instead of tomato sauce, add one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes ot the soup.
  • Add 4 to 6 ounces of sliced mushrooms.

Reader Comments

"This soup is easy, tasty and very filling. I added three (3) cloves of garlic and one can of diced Italian style tomatoes. This gave the soup extra flavor and a little more liquid. I keep getting requests to make this soup again as soon as the soup is eaten and all gone. You will not be disappointed!" — W.L.

"I have made this twice so far and doubled the recipe the last time so I could have some for the freezer. The parm is what totally rocks. It was missing something when I didn't have any to add. The second time I made it I used diced tom. instead of the sauce and added canned corn and green beans since I had them leftover in the fridge and egg noodles. This is such a good flavor base that you can't go wrong. I've added this recipe to my special favorite recipes book, it's that good!" — Chris

"I felt like the hamburger soup recipe was very good and tasty and easy to make. I will definitely make it again. I will probably add some more water next time because it was a little on the dry side at the end."— P.M.

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