Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Ground beef, vegetables and pasta make up this hearty Italian inspired soup.

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Brrrr! You know it's cold when the weather app on your phone shows an igloo icon, when you check the weather. Despite the beautiful sunshine today, it is freezing outside! So cold, that the kids stayed in from recess this morning. This is the kind of weather that makes you want to snuggle up under a bunch of blankets and never come out until Spring. When the weather dips this low, I crave soup. Soup warms you up from the inside out, which in turn makes the cold weather outside seem a little less severe.

I made this soup for dinner last week, on one of these cold days. I was helping at school all day, so I decided a nice soup, would be perfect for dinner. I needed something hearty enough for Hubby, who happened to have the day off. So I went with an Italian soup, bursting with hearty ground beef and pasta. I served it with grilled cheese, which has perfect to dunk. It was fantastic! So much so, that there wasn't a drop of soup left, by the time dinner was done. The kids ate with gusto and everyone was warm, all the way down to our toes.

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
1 C celery, chopped
1- 8z pkg cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
1- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
3 Tbs tomato paste
5 C beef broth
1 tsp oregano
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1- 2 inch piece of Parmesan rind (or 1/4 C parmesan cheese)
2/3 box of Farfalle pasta (from a 1 lb box)

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Add in the onions and garlic and cook until onions are translucent (about 3 minutes).

Pour browned beef mixture into a 6 qt crock pot. Add in the carrots, celery, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, oregano, bay leaves, salt and pepper and parmesan rind. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hrs.

30 minutes before serving, turn crock pot to HIGH, remove the bay leaves and parmesan rind. Add in the pasta, cover and cook until pasta is al dente. Serve with additional Parmesan if desired.

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Faith Warmheart said...

Sounds delicious! Can't wait to give it a try. Might add some diced zucchini as well. Mmmmmmmm...

minnie@thelady8home said...

Superb!!! That's such a warm recipe. Loved it.

Peter of Feed Your Soul Too said...

Such good comfort

Michaela Kenkel said...

LOVE Hamburger soup! Gave this full love and yummed and stumbled while I was checking out that yummy recipe! :D

Patty Anderson said...

What a great idea for a hearty family meal! Love this.

Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog said...

One of my favorite soups!!Nettie

Kecia'sFlavor Breakthrough said...

This looks hearty, warming and full of flavor! Three of my favorite things! I know my Honey would love this!

Tampa Cake Girl said...

I love crockpot recipes and this soup looks and sounds delicious. Pinned and shared the love!

KC the Kitchen Chopper said...

This soup looks awesome. I'm not doing pasta now, but I'll bet Brown Rice or Quinoa would work just as well. On my "to do" list. Healing thought to your Hubby!

Joanne DiPalo said...

Sounds hearty and comforting on a cold winter day.

mealplanmaven said...

What a wonderful soup for a cold winter night!

Catherine said...

Great soup for this cold weather. It is full of flavor and warmth.

NewMrsAdventures said...

This looks like something we would devour! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

Michelle Meche said...

I've been using my crock pot more and more lately. I never used to use it at all. Thanks for sharing this delicious soup!

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello cute lady! I’m loving it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for partying with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

Swathi Iyer said...

Looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting it now.