Hearty Italian Vegetable Beef Soup is filled with chunks of ground beef, plenty of vegetables, and generous Italian spices. This soup is inspired by the Italian Vegetable Soup that has been a family favorite for over 20 years.
Did you know that Italian Vegetable Soup was actually the first recipe I posted on this blog almost 8 years ago?
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My husband has been taking one version or another of this soup to work with him for lunch at least a couple times a week for years. The soup freezes beautifully and I almost always have a few servings tucked away for those lunches.
This hearty Italian Vegetable Beef Soup is deliciously filling while remaining full of nutritious veggies and completely grain-free.
As an added benefit to anyone tackling a new way of eating this year, the soup happens to fall under the “approved” category for both Whole30 and Paleo eating plans.
Me? I just like this soup because it’s delicious. It’s so comforting and, as the name suggests, hearty. This Vegetable Beef Soup feeds both body and soul.
Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup
My husband Sean kicked off the year with a month of very strict Whole30 eating. (That might have something to do with all the fudge recipes filled our house through the past month.)
For what it’s worth, we are all eating the same foods Sean is, I’m just adding in a handful of Fritos on my salads, wrapping my eggs in a tortilla, and heaven forbid I ever fully give up chocolate.
I’ve been sifting through all of our recipes, finding the ones that will fit into the Whole30 plan and tweaking some others to make them work. I’ve put together a huge collection of 100+ Paleo Recipes that either fit into the Whole30 category or can be easily adapted to work.
This Hearty Italian Vegetable Beef Soup was an obvious one to add to the list. Ground beef makes the soup a good source of protein served up with a generous amount of chunky vegetables, herbs and spices all in a tomato-y base.
I use cabbage, celery, onion and carrots as the main vegetables in this soup and I’ve never been disappointed by how economical this healthy soup recipe is.
Hearty Italian Vegetable Beef Soup is plenty filling served on its own for lunch or dinner. If you aren’t avoiding grains or gluten, it would also pair well with a loaf of homemade bread or a side of oyster crackers. A nice simple salad would also make a tasty and fresh accompaniment.
I serve my family a wide variety of meals and I think, overall, we eat a pretty balanced diet. Still, sometimes I feel like the so-called “healthy” recipes leave me wanting more.
That wasn’t the case when I tried this beef and vegetable soup for the first time.
This recipe is so satisfying and full of flavor that you won’t feel deprived. I love soups with pasta, potatoes and cream as much as the next girl and maybe more but this hearty veggie soup holds up to all of those comfort foods.
Whether you’re trying a Paleo, Whole30 or similar diet, or just looking for a truly remarkable simple soup recipe, you need to give this one a try.
Vegetable Beef Soup
Vegetable Beef Soup proves that cooking healthful meals doesn’t need to be expensive or time consuming. It takes little more than tossing everything in one pot and letting it simmer for a while to make a hearty soup that everyone in your family loves.
Ground beef is sauteed in a soup pot with garlic and onion until brown and fragrant. Water, tomato puree, diced tomatoes, celery and carrots are added to the pot along with oregano, basil and thyme.
Cabbage goes in right at the end of the cooking time to keep it from getting over cooked. The result is perfectly tender cabbage that adds a wonderful flavor and texture to the finished soup.
This recipe makes a good amount of soup but you’ll be happy to have the leftovers. Vegetable Beef Soup keeps well in the fridge for a few days and freezes like a dream.
I freeze my vegetable beef soup in cup sized containers to reheat for easy lunches. You can reheat it from frozen in the microwave or let the frozen soup thaw first. The leftover soup is delicious both ways.
I hope you enjoy this Hearty Italian Vegetable Beef Soup every bit as much as we do!
Hearty Soup Recipes
Looking for more easy and nutritious soup recipes? I tried a version of this Italian Soup with Sausage and it was just as delicious. This Green Chile Bean and Vegetable Soup and Mexican White Bean and Cabbage Soup are must tries too.
Check out these recipes for Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps, Crock-Pot Mediterranean Chicken, Butternut Squash Prosciutto Breakfast Hash, Whole30 Stuffed Cabbage, and Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad for more Whole30 dinner inspiration.
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