Crock Pot Minestrone Hamburger Soup
photo by Boomette
- Ready In:
- 8hrs 15mins
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 small potatoes, scrubbed (or peeled)
- 2 carrots, peeled and cubed
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 small bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- grated mozzarella cheese or parmesan cheese
- Place all the ingredients except the cheese in your crock pot, stir thoroughly, all enough water to cover all ingredients, cover and cook on Low 8 to 12 hours or on High 3 to 5 hours.
- Stir well and serve sprinkled with cheese.
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I made this recipe on 10/29/10 for our dinner, and for the " Crockpot/Rice Cooker Event" over in KK's Forum.Even before reading Lauralie41's review I had decided to make a few changes to the recipe anyway. Here are the changes,while the ground beef was browning a bit of seasoned salt,and garlic powder were added.After prepping,I just threw the veggies in the crockpot then topped with the cooked beef. Then instead of using the 28 oz can of tomatoes, I used two 14.5 oz. cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes w/ garlic already in them. Then the seasoning were added and stirred well. This recipe was cooked on low for 8 hours exactly and turned out just fine.No mushy potatoes or carrots, and the cabbage just had a perfect texture. I used a Mozzarella/Romano blend and it worked out just great. And since it was an Italian type soup, I topped my serving with a few garlic/ cheese croutons. All I can say is YUM!!!. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "
This had a nice flavor but I think I am still favoring a tomato based broth. I turned the crock pot on high, let it heat up, then added the ground round and broke it up into small pieces and added some minced garlic. Next time I would brown the meat with the onion and garlic then add it to the crock pot. A small sized pasta would be nice to add to the soup too. Made and reviewed for Kittencal's Crock Pot and Rice Cooker Tag Game.