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