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Savory Winter Soup

 Savory Winter Soup
Even my father, who doesn't particularly like soup, enjoys my full-flavored version of traditional vegetable soup. He asked me to share the recipe with Mom, and I gladly obliged! - Dana Simmons, Lancaster, Ohio
14 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup each diced carrots and celery
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cut green beans
  • 1 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onions over medium heat until the
  • meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on high for 8 hours or until heated through. Yield:
  • 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
To save chopping time, use frozen sliced carrots and cubed hash brown potatoes in Savory Winter Soup.