Food Network and Pillsbury provide recipes for homemade hamburger soup. Both recipes require browning and draining the beef before adding additional ingredients. One recipe suggest 80 percent lean ground beef, while the other requires ground chuck.
After browning and draining the ground beef or chuck with 3 minced garlic cloves, the Food Network recipe requires retuning the beef to the pot. Add 3 cups of beef stock, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, sliced red potatoes, 2 stalks of sliced celery and 4 sliced carrots. Also add 1 red, green and yellow bell pepper seeded and sliced, 1 sliced onion, 1 can of whole tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon of oregano.
Reduce the heat, and allow the soup to simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Serve it with a crusty bread.
The Pillsbury recipe requires cooking 1 pound of ground beef with 1/4 cup of chopped onions. Drain them, and return them to the pot. Add 2 cups of peeled and sliced potatoes, 1 cup of sliced celery, frozen mixed vegetables, 3 cups of water, 1 cup of canned, diced tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. On low heat, allow the ingredients to simmer for about 20 minutes, while stirring the ingredients until the vegetables are tender.