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How To Make Comfort Soup From Ground Beef And Vegetables

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Comfort Soup Recipe

I call this “comfort soup” because it is the delicious soup I take to my friends when they need some love or at least a lift. It is as simple as can be and made from the most basic soup ingredients in the pantry. I call it comfort soup because there is something quietly soothing, nearly magical, about a warm bowl of homemade soup when you are sad or hurting or anxious.

On a cold night or after a difficult day, preparing a pot of this homey soup brings me comfort as I peel and chop the vegetables. The familiar aroma that rises to my nostrils while I stir the kettle makes me feel that all will be right with the world if I reframe my thoughts.

When I cradle a warm bowl of soup in my hands, it restores my perspective. It makes me feel grateful for my kitchen and my simple home, and pretty soon, I’m feeling better about life.

Brighten Someone’s Day With A Bowlful Of Delicious Comfort Soup

bowl of comfort soup

Begin by browning two pounds of ground beef. Add one medium onion you have chopped fine, and three pressed garlic cloves. Continue cooking until the onion and garlic are soft and fragrant. If needed, drain off any excess fat and break the beef into fine crumbles.

Next, add 2 quarts of water and a quarter cup of what I consider the world’s best vegetable flavor base, Knorr. Before the pandemic, I bought this bouillon in cube form in our local grocery stores, but it has not reappeared on the shelves. I was desperate to find them because I use this bouillon to add an amazing depth of flavor to so many dishes.

I found the restaurant pack on Amazon, and that’s how I buy it today because it’s become a pantry staple for me! The cubes are available on Amazon now, so hopefully, they will reappear in stores before long.

Next, add two cups of peeled, diced potatoes, two cups of peeled, sliced carrots, and two cups of finely chopped celery. Chop up and include the flavorful celery leaves right along with the stalks! Then add two cans of undrained green beans, either cut or French style, depending on what you have in the cupboard! Add salt, pepper, and parsley. The parsley is just for looks but it makes a pretty bowl!

sliced carrots
chopped celery

All that’s left to do is let the soup simmer until the veggies are tender! This wonderful soup reheats beautifully and, as with most soup, tastes even better the next day and the next!

Yield: 12 serings

Ground Beef And Vegetable Comfort Soup

bowl of comfort soup

This recipe is a simple homemade soup using ground beef, fresh vegetables, and vegetable bouillon.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • two pounds ground beef
  • one medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed
  • two cups peeled, diced potatoes
  • two cups peeled, sliced carrots
  • two cups finely chopped celery, include the leaves
  • two 14.5-ounce cans of green beans, undrained
  • two quarts of water
  • 1/4 cup of Knorr vegetable soup base or large vegetable bouillon cubes to make 2 quarts of broth
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp seasoned pepper, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsey, optional but pretty

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef along with the chopped onion and pressed garlic.
  2. Drain off excess fat if needed.
  3. Add water and bouillon.
  4. Add chopped potatoes, sliced carrots, chopped celery, green beans, salt, pepper, and parsley, if desired.
  5. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.

What’s your favorite, most comforting soup? Here are some other soup recipes you might enjoy, Chicken noodle soup, Minestrone Soup, Beer Cheese Soup. All of them are great with this crusty rustic bread you can bake for pennies!

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