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Hamburger Minestrone Soup: A Can-Opener Soup

Preview: Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup is a can-opener soup. This version contains ground beef but you can leave it out for a vegetarian meal.

Preparing this recipe is going to require a can opener. When you need to throw supper together in a hurry but don’t feel like eating junk food or leftovers, consider this minestrone soup.

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.


Recipe Inspiration

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 Minestrone with Hamburger?

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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    Yield: 8 servings

    Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup

    Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup

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

    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes


    • 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:



    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 ;-)