Okay, please tell me that you also grew up eating hamburger soup?? My grandma made, my mom made it, and now I make it. It's really a go-to recipe at our house because it's just so easy and fast to make. Perfect for a quick after school dinner, or any fall/winter day where you feel like having something rich and hearty. All the ingredients are super basic, and it's so dang tasty - especially served with a piece of buttered bread (or buttered keto bun for me now).
I'm pretty sure the original recipe came from the little cookbooks the ladies from the Legion put together every year for a fundraiser. This version is a bit healthier, but just as hearty and nostalgic. I use tomato paste and diced tomatoes in place of tomato soup, and a mix of sweet potato and regular white potato in place of the pasta noodles that are usually added. You can absolutely still put some type of pasta noodle if you prefer, just cook it separately or else it will absorb all the broth. Cooked rice is also a good add in!
I like using lean ground beef for this recipe. If you're using regular ground beef, make sure you drain some of the fat off. Doing so makes sure that you don't get a bunch of oil floating to the top of your soup! Last thing I'll mention is that the soup will thicken when it cools in the fridge, simply add more water or beef broth when you're reheating!
Cozy Hamburger Soup
Note: because of the starch in the potatoes, the soup thickens. Simply add more beef broth to thin it out to your liking when reheating.