Busy Day Meatball Soup Recipe


Stove Top Method – Slow Cooker Method

This is my original Busy Day Hamburger Soup recipe that I found in the archives of my first (never published) cookbook that I made for family and friends.  When my kids were younger, this Busy Day Meatball Soup was one of my go-to soup recipes after coming home from a long day of work.

It is so convenient to throw all the ingredients together in a soup pot when you get home from work or throw together in the crock pot in the morning and cook on low all day.  My daughter reminded me of this recipe. Now that she is a busy Mom with young kids, this soup is often made in her home.

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Busy Day Meatball Soup

 

Busy Day Meatball Soup Recipe:

Busy Day Meatball Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: serves many

Ingredients:

1 package Onion Soup Mix
1 package of Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix
1 large package frozen mixed vegetables (of your choice)
1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (14.5-ounce) can tomato sauce
6 cups water
Barley, handful*
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (hamburger) or ground turkey

* If you don’t have any barley, you can always add a cup of noodles of your choice.  Personally, I really like barley!

 

Instructions:

Stove Top Method:

Busy Day Meatball SoupIn a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add Onion Soup Mix, vegetable soup mix, frozen vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, tomato sauce, water, barley, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.  Stir together until combined.  Since the seasoning packets have added a lot of salt and flavorings, taste before adding any additional salt and pepper.

Bring soup just to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low.

Pinch off chunks of the raw hamburger (about 1/2-inch in diameter), roll into small balls, and then drop into the hot soup.  Cover and let simmer approximately 40 to 60 minutes.

Soup is done when the hamburger balls are cooked completely and frozen vegetables are tender.

Serve in individual soup bowls.  This is excellent served with a salad and sourdough bread.

Serves many.

 

Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Method:

Preheat the crock pot/slow cooker.

Add Onion Soup Mix, vegetable soup mix, frozen vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, tomato sauce, water, barley, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Stir together until combined.  Since the seasoning packets have added a lot of salt and flavorings, taste before adding any additional salt and pepper.

Cover your crock pot with a lid and cook approximately 4 hours on high heat or 8 hours on low heat.  Approximately 1 hour before soup is done, turn soup to high heat, pinch off chunks of the raw hamburger (about 1/2-inch in diameter), roll into small balls, and then drop into the hot soup.  Soup is done when hamburger is cooked completely.

Serve in individual soup bowls. This is excellent served with a salad and sourdough bread.

Serves many.

 

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