Hearty Hamburger Soup Recipe

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Two generations of my family—so far!—have made this soup a cold-weather specialty.—Mrs. Ivan Hochstetter, Shipshewana, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 cup finely chopped peeled potato
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 274 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 1014 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato juice, carrot and potato. Stir in seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in vegetable mixture; heat through. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Hamburger Soup in Country Ground Beef 1993, p22

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"We apologize for any confusion. When making the sauce, we failed to mention when the milk should be added. After the flour has been blended into the butter, gradually add the milk. Cook and stir until the sauce is thickened. After the sauce is made, the beef and vegetable mixture is stirred into it. The white sauce provides the creamy base to the soup and thickens it.

The recipe will be corrected here soon.
Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"Me too.....am I missing something? Interested, but want to hear more."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I'm very curious to know where the sauce fits into the soup?"

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