Healthy Hamburger and Green Bean Soup

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

I make this thick comforting soup often for my family during the cold winter months. It is so fast and easy to fix and it is rather low in fat and calories. This makes 4 very large servings. To reduce sodium, you may use low sodium green beans if you prefer. I adapted this recipe from "Fast, Cheap and Easy," by JoAnna Lund. Condensed cream of tomato soup and condensed regular tomato soup are interchangeable in this recipe; no alterations necessary.The important part is that it is indeed a condensed version of tomato soup, as opposed to ready to serve.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 12 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of tomato soup (original version called for low fat or low sodium, I use regular)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 23 cup instant rice, uncooked
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans, rinsed & drained
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 18 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Spray a large saucepan with cooking spray.
  2. Brown beef and chopped onions over medium heat until cooked though; drain any fat.
  3. To the browned meat and onions, add the cream of tomato soup, tomato sauce, and water.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add uncooked instant rice, green beans, parsley, and black pepper; stir well.
  6. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  7. Simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring once or twice.


Most Helpful

This is a thick, very good, very satisfying soup. I made the recipe just as posted, except for adding lots of cracked pepper. This was to be a first course for St. Patricks day dinner, but decided to have it on Sat with a big loaf of french bread. Glad we did. It may be too much of a soup to start a meal. This soup IS a meal. Delicious!! Thanks Heather Feather!

MizzNezz March 18, 2002

We bought a LOT of ground beef as it was on sale! I was looking for something different to do, & this soup was perfect. It was thick & hearty, & as Inez says... it IS a meal! Thanks so much for sharing!

MrsSPheonix December 29, 2002

Made this the other day for my niece and nephew who are 6 and 3. I had my doubts about whether they would eat it. They took one look at it and said no thanks, but after trying it they both gobbled it up and said it was good. It wasnt soupy at all but that may have been my fault, but it was still good! I used pasta instead of rice (preference), and tomato soup with some milk instead of cream of tomato. Also used French cut green beans and think I will from now on... Added a little garlic powder and worcestershire sauce and it made a great meal! Thanks! UPDATE: I have made this a few times now and Ive found that its easier to cook the noodles (or rice) separate and just add in as much as you need to the individual servings. That way if there's any leftover it will still taste fresh the next day! P.S.--The kids still love it!! :)

M Cozart June 11, 2010

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