I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for awhile as I’ve been making this soup several times a month all fall and winter! This week seemed a fitting time to share as it was the perfect meal for our first night back to school and our busy routine yesterday. I had found a few vegetable beef soup recipes online a few months back that just didn’t quite suit my tastes or turn out quite correctly, so I spent some time perfecting this soup and it has become a family favorite! It is so simple to make and is also ready in minutes, which is perfect for busy weeknights.
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced (or I often use approximately 20 baby carrots since I usually have them on hand)
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 4 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 can stewed tomatoes
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Turn Instant Pot to Sauté; add oil and heat until hot. Add onion and sauté for approximately 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes more. Add ground beef and sauté until beef is browned through. Drain and turn instant pot off.
- Add can of stewed tomatoes with liquid and break into small pieces. Add tomato paste, oregano, cayenne, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir all ingredients together.
- Add carrots and potatoes, then add broth. Stir to combine all ingredients.
- Place lid on instant pot and close vent (seal). Press the manual button and set the timer for 4 minutes. Once the timer beeps, do a manual release of pressure by turning the seal to vent. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid and enjoy!
*Note: This could also be made in a crockpot or stovetop if you don’t have an Instant Pot – although I use mine a ton and think they are absolutely worth the investment!
This soup does have a little heat, so if you don’t care for that you can reduce the amount of cayenne or crushed red pepper (or exclude!). What is so great about this soup is you can really customize it to suit your tastes. You could use ground turkey or chicken, add other vegetables you like (such as corn or celery), and use your broth of choice should you prefer beef or vegetable. This soup also manages to be low in calories, and still very filling!