Nana’s Hamburger Bean Soup

Where the heck is spring at, eh? Here I was all excited for warm Utah weather and then it goes and turns back into the windy icy tundra again. Ok, that’s an exaggeration but I still want 70 degree weather back.

Instead of posting some cute springy recipe idea I’ll go ahead and share my go-to rainy/snowy day soup recipe. This recipe is the EASIEST and it tastes delicious as though you spent hours making it. If I’m ever taking food to a new mom or sick friend in the fall/winter time chances are this is the meal I’ll bring.

I have to give full credit for this recipe to my Nana who  made it first. I’ve altered my soup to my liking a bit but its essentially the same as hers. You can add/take away any ingredients you like to make sure this soup fits your fancy.

*I’m serious when I say this recipe is ridiculously easy…

Hamburger Bean Soup

  • 1 lb hamburger browned (sub turkey burger or even leave out the meat for veggie soup!) We love using the organic, home grown, grass fed beef we get from my uncle who lives nearby. It is SO tasty and we know exactly where it came from. I really do think it tastes better than store bought.
  • 32 oz chicken broth (or more depending on how “soupy” you like your soup)
  • 2- 16 oz cans Italian diced stewed tomatoes* (this is the secret ingredient that makes it taste awesome without elaborate seasoning)
  • 1 can cut green beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, white beans, or any other bean you like!

Toppings

  • low fat sour cream
  • your favorite cheese
  • avocado slices

Directions

  1. Brown your hamburger or turkey. Season to taste with salt/pepper
  2. Combine all canned ingredients into a big pot and bring to a boil
  3. Add your cooked meat and let simmer
  4. Add salt/pepper/garlic/everything seasoning to taste
  5. Add toppings and you’re done!

See, I told you this recipe was easy.

Now if you have moral issues with canned food then by all means be the ultimate homemaker and soak the beans the night before and cook them the next day; it will taste delicious. You can soak/cook beans in a crock pot on low overnight without adding much work at all!

I feel like this meal is complete in itself. But if you just have to have bread with your soup, my favorite bread is Pamela’s Gluten Free Bread Mix.I like it much better than regular bread and it’s easy to make.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Its hearty, it keeps well, tastes awesome reheated, and is also great to make as a freezer meal!

Enjoy!

 

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