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Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Vegetable Soup with Ground Beef

A hearty soup recipe brimming with beef and healthy vegetables. This ground beef and vegetable soup makes enough for a crowd, and it freezes beautifully!
Prep Time 30 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Dinner
Servings 12


  • 1 12-Quart Stock Pot


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp salt or to taste, divided
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste, divided
  • 3 medium carrots sliced
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini sliced into half moons
  • 1 small head green cabbage roughly chopped
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 15.5 oz can garbanzo or cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dried macaroni or rice optional


  • In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Break the beef apart into large chunks with a wooden spoon, and cook until the onion is softened and the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the chopped carrot, celery, and cabbage, stirring well to combine. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened and beef is cooked through. Stir in the zucchini, canned tomatoes and their juices, and tomato sauce.
  • Pour in the water, stirring well to combine. Stir in the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes (if using), and remaining salt and pepper. Test for seasoning, and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours.
  • Stir in the garbanzo or cannellini beans (and pasta or rice if using), and simmer for 30 minutes more.
Keyword Soup