Grandma's Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
  • 14.5 oz. can low-sodium beef broth
  • 14.5 oz. can sliced carrots
  • 14.5 oz. can no salt added green beans
  • 14.5 oz. no salt added stewed tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 oz. whole wheat or vegetable pasta, any shape


  1. In a large sauce pan, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add the onion. Cook until the onion is tender, stirring constantly.
  2. Add lean ground beef or ground turkey to the pot and cook until the meat is browned. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Reduce the heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes to blend the flavors and for the noodles to become tender. Stir occasionally.
  4. Serve ⅙ of the soup in a deep bowl alongside a wedge of whole wheat/grain bread for dipping.


  • For a little something sweet for dessert, consider pairing with one piece of dark chocolate or a handful of frozen grapes.


  • Portion out the leftovers into single serving containers and carry the soup to lunch or freeze it for another time.
  • Try whole wheat saltine crackers in place of whole wheat bread. Keep sodium and calories in check by only eating 6-7 crackers.
  • Try substituting other lean meats like diced chicken breast in place of ground meat or using 20 oz. of low-sodium kidney, beans (drained).
  • When introducing your toddler to bread products for the first time, consider only introducing whole wheat/grain varieties.
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