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A family-favorite: Hamburger Soup! Part of our Beef Soup Series on A Family Feast.

This Hamburger Soup recipe was originally posted here on January 31, 2013 as part of our Beef Soup Series. We recently made this delicious soup again and decided to update this post with new photos.  Enjoy!

Whenever I see Hamburger Soup on the menu, it always makes me smile. This family-friendly soup appeals to both kids and grown-ups alike, and there’s just something fun about the idea of eating soup that tastes like a hamburger!

A family-favorite: Hamburger Soup! Part of our Beef Soup Series on A Family Feast.

Hamburger soup is simple and inexpensive to make, but packs a lot of flavor.  It’s another soup that uses our rich, homemade brown stock, and thanks to the ground beef, tomato, cheese, and other ingredients and seasonings, this is a really delicious and filling family meal.  We’ve used mini bow tie-shaped pasta – another fun ingredient to include – but any small pasta will work well with this soup.

A family-favorite: Hamburger Soup! Part of our Beef Soup Series on A Family Feast.

Check out the rest of our Beef Soup Series (start here and keep clicking through) and see all of the delicious beef soup recipes you can make for your family.

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Hamburger Soup - A Family Feast

Hamburger Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings


Note: If you are using canned low sodium beef stock instead of our brown stock recipe, cook down three quarts of the canned beef stock to make two quarts. However be sure to check the taste at the end of the recipe before adding salt.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, separated
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef (80/20)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 quarts brown stock (see here) or strong low sodium beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 ounces baby spinach
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mini Pasta – bow tie, alphabet, star-shaped, etc


  1. In a 5-quart pot or Dutch oven, sauté onions and celery in half of the olive oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Push vegetables to sides of pot, increase heat to medium high and place the rest of the olive oil in center. Add beef and break up with wooden spoon and sauté until beef is cooked.
  3. Return to medium heat and add tomato paste. Mix in the paste and cook for one more minute.
  4. Add diced tomato, brown stock, dried thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim off any fat and foam that floats to the top.
  5. Increase heat to medium high and add spinach and parmesan. Cook for five more minutes.
  6. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Cook pasta according to box directions.
  8. Place pasta in serving bowl, ladle in soup and top with more Parmesan cheese.

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See the other recipes from our Beef Soup Series:

Part 1: Brown Stock (Beef Stock)

Brown (Beef) Stock - A Family Feast

Part 2: Beef and Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup - A Family Feast

Part 3: Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup

Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup - A Family Feast

Hamburger Soup - A Family Feast

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  • JUDY HANEY wrote:

    Hamburger soup look’s

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Judy! (Hope you love the recipe!)

  • Deb wrote:

    So good! The after snowshoe warm meal we needed.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Deb! (I agree – a great way to warm up!)

  • 2pots2cook wrote:

    Thank you for the great idea ! Happy holidays !

    • Martha wrote:

      Happy Holidays to you too!

  • juliana loh (@bilbaobab) wrote:

    and I love those bowls you’ve used by the way! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Juliana!

  • juliana loh (@bilbaobab) wrote:

    I’ve never had hamburger soup!! this looks yum and thanks for sharing the recipe, looks quite straightforward to make!

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