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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low until vegetables are tender, 6-8 hours.
To save chopping time, use frozen sliced carrots and cubed hash brown potatoes in Savory Winter Soup.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 163 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 583mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • BeckyJCarver
    Jan 13, 2020

    this was a really good tasting veggie soup. Make sure you have all the ingredients prepped before hand to make it easier.

  • cheriinil
    Sep 25, 2019

    This is one of the best soups. It's fast to throw in the crockpot and cook all day. Along with carrots and celery I added parsnips. I added more seasonings just my personal taste. I've made this recipe for people after they have had been in the hospital and they have given it 5 stars too. Everyone needs to make this soup at least once in their life. You won't regret it.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Feb 11, 2018

    Easy! Very simple and great tasting soup for a cold, winter day! We actually used bison in place of beef (and would definitely try venison too). We served with some fresh baked bread slices and it hit the spot!

  • Jessie
    Dec 2, 2016

    This lends itself very well to fresh ground venison. We have a lot! For that i used a very hearty beef stock. Also easy to pile in a ton of veggies for the kids! Perfect in the crockpot! Will make again.

  • Lostmama
    Jan 14, 2016

    Very good and hearty winter soup added a quart of tomatoes,and cabbage and omitted potatoes add them when I take it out of freezer.i

  • emalverty
    May 9, 2015

    Great soup might try adding cabbage. It's delicious either way.

  • tipou
    Apr 12, 2014

    I don t eat soup,but i tried this one tasted it and its simply delicious very good can t stop at one bowl.Try it you will not regret it : ) have fun

  • kafaughn
    Apr 2, 2013

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  • e_bujan
    Jan 20, 2013

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  • princesschikee
    Oct 25, 2011

    This is my second time making it. Such an easy recipe and is so good and healthy Definitely a keeper.