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Hamburger Minestrone Soup: A Can-Opener Soup

Hamburger Minestrone Soup is a spicy version of Minestrone with ground beef. I call it a “can-opener soup”  since the recipe calls for 7 cans including 3 cans of Campbell’s canned minestrone soup.


I’m not too proud to admit that preparing this recipe is going to require a can opener.  Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be.

Anybody who will eat chopped romaine lettuce stored in a vacuum-packed Mason jar every day for lunch obviously doesn’t need gourmet food at every meal.

Recipe Inspiration

Typically, I prefer to throw something together at home rather than eat out, even if it’s not fresh and/or fancy. Yes, I know. Canned beans, canned vegetables, and condensed soups often contain too much sodium. On the other hand, they usually have fewer calories and more nutrition than food from the local drive-thru.

Thanks to my friend Joan who gave me this recipe for Minestrone Soup with Ground Beef. It is a cool-weather staple at our house and the perfect candidate for my new “Super Simple Suppers” category.

What should I serve with this recipe?

We like to eat saltines with this soup. Cornbread or these yeasty cornbread sticks are more good choices. If you’re a bread maker, try this Crusty French Bread or these Really Crusty Dinner Rolls.

Can I freeze this “Ground Beef Minestrone Soup?”

All the ingredients can be stored in the pantry and/or freezer, making it easy to keep on hand. If your family is small, you could eat it for days. Thankfully, it freezes well, so you have that option, too.

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two bowls of Texas Minestrone Soup

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Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup

Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

An easy can-opener soup with a nice kick for your tastebuds


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cans minestrone soup (I use Campbells)
  • 2 cans Ranch-style beans
  • 1 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 4 cups water


  1. Brown ground beef in a large pot. Drain excess fat if necessary. Add onions and cook until softened.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Even better the next day.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 1307mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 22g

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Vince Pirolli

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

did you drain the ranch beans or use the juice?


Wednesday 28th of November 2018


I do not drain. But it's really personal preference. I like the texture it lends to the soup. Paula


Tuesday 27th of November 2018

Can I use minestrone with Italian sausage?


Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Absolutely. Sounds delicious.


Sunday 24th of March 2013

Made this last night, but didn't want to eat leftovers for 3 days, so I omitted one can of minestrone and the can of diced tomatoes. It turned out great, and just the right amount of leftover soup. Our family does not like a strong tomato base anyway, so the one can of Rotel was just right. Take care of my kids tonight!


Friday 22nd of March 2013

I'm coveting your can opener. :) I love the ones that cut the lids right off and don't leave sharp edges. The soup looks great- good quick suppers are appreciated here. :)


Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Thanks for the recipe and the review on the can opener. I broke my right wrist three months ago, and I still need others to open cans for me. I will be checking out this little beauty ;-)