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Hamburger Minestrone Soup: A Spicy 7-Can Version

Sneak Preview: Hamburger Minestrone Soup is a spicy can-opener soup. This version contains ground beef, but leave it out if you prefer a vegetarian recipe.

Preparing this soup will require a can opener. Consider this minestrone recipe when you need supper in a hurry but don’t feel like eating junk food or leftovers.

several bowls of Hamburger Minestrone Soup

Yes, I know. Canned beans, canned vegetables, and condensed soups often contain excess 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’s a cool-weather staple at our house and the perfect candidate for my new “Super Simple Suppers” category.

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • GROUND BEEF: Ground turkey would make an excellent substitute. Or leave out the meat altogether if you prefer.
  • ONION: White or yellow onions are good. I use frozen chopped onions for convenience.
  • MINESTRONE SOUP: I like Campbell’s, but any brand will work.
  • RANCH-STYLE BEANS: Kidney beans or pinto beans are a suitable replacement.
  • ROTEL TOMATOES: If you don’t want your soup to be so spicy, use regular tomatoes.
  • BEEF BOUILLON: Canned beef broth is another option. In a pinch, use water.

How to assemble 7-can soup with minestrone:

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

That’s all, folks. See how easy?

p.s. It tastes even better the next day after sitting in the fridge for a while.

FAQ for 7-Can Soup with Ground Beef:

What should I serve with this soup recipe?

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

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Can I freeze Minestrone Soup?

Since I store all ingredients in the pantry or freezer, keeping them on hand is easy. But, of course, 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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Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup Recipe

This easy can-opener soup will give your tastebuds a nice kick.
Paula Rhodes
4.7 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Soup
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 3 cans minestrone soup
  • 2 cans Ranch-style beans
  • 1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 4 cups water


  • Brown ground beef in a large pot. Drain excess fat if necessary. Add onions and cook until softened.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 10gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword can-opener recipes, easy minestrone soup recipe, Minestrone Soup, minestrone soup with beef, soup with cans, stew recipes
Cuisine American
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Recipe Rating

Janet Dennis

Monday 11th of October 2021

Can this be done in a 6 quart crockpot and what would be quantities be of each item?


Monday 11th of October 2021

Oh yes. A 6-qt crockpot is perfect. I wouldn't change any of the quantities unless you are feeding an army.

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. :)