How have I never blogged this recipe? I've been making it for YEARS, definitely years before I was ever flooding the internet with recipes. It was probably the second meal I learned to make from memory as an adult, the first being my version of my mom's famous Baked Mac and Cheese.
I made a big batch of this soup when it was chilly a few weeks ago--true Austinites were bundled up in their parkas but I was doing okay with just a fleece, I guess my "Texas skin" just hasn't come in yet--and now the sun is back and temps are creeping back up.
However, if my Facebook newsfeed is to be believed, my New England friends are still toughing it through the Polar Vortex, so I'm sure this soup will be well received.
This soup is very hearty, just a little bit spicy, and these days I eliminate the noodles, so it's also gluten free! I imagine if you're paleo-ing it up you could sub out the white potatoes for sweet, and get rid of the corn. Either way, it's pretty freaking delicious.
Zesty Hamburger Soup
(I believe the original recipe was from Home Comfort)
- 1 pound ground beef (also can substitute ground turkey)
- 2 cups sliced celery
- 1 cup sliced baby carrots
- 1 cup onion
- 2 tsp garlic
- 4 cups hot chicken broth
- 2 medium red potatoes, cubed
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 cups uncooked shell pasta
- 4 cups V8 juice
- 1.5 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 tbs sugar
- Hot sauce (as much or as little as you'd like--I like it spicy so I use a lot, plus a little cayenne pepper)
-Cook beef, celery, carrots, and onion over medium heat until meat is browned. Add the garlic and mix in.
-Drain the fat, then mix in broth, potatoes, corn, hot sauce, and pasta.
-Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes and pasta are cooked to your liking (I'm not a fan of al dente so I go for the full 15 to get them a little softer)
-Add the rest of the ingredients (V8, diced tomatoes, and sugar) and heat over medium until heated through.*
Garnish with a little bit of fresh parmesan cheese.
*If you'd like to add noodles, do so at this point. If you are freezing, make noodles separately and keep out of the portions you're freezing.