I was excited to try this recipe, sure we'd like it, as I've been making a similar hamburger soup for over 20 years. I used a fresh onion, a full pound of ground beef & because I forgot to start it early enough I ended up cooking it all on the stove instead of the crock pot. We were all blown away by the RICH flavor the vegetable (I used V-8) juice offered. I've never used anything but canned (or fresh) tomatoes in my soup & we felt the juice brought this soup up to a whole new level. Both DH & DS had seconds (we had no leftovers), toddler DD ate it & DS was especially loving the tomato flavor without the actual chunks of tomato, which he never likes. I was reminded several times, between bites, that this was a keeper. I don't think I'll ever go back to my old recipe again! Thanks for sharing, ohgal! Made & enjoyed for Fall 2009 Pick A Chef. http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=310505
This hit the spot on a cold fall day. In place of the vegetable juice I pureed a tin of tomatoes. I also used a regular cooking onion. For my veggies I used frozen corn and gr beans and I used an entire carton of beef broth in place of the water and beef bouillon. Thanks for the recipe.