Prep : 20 minutes Cook : 8 hours Makes 14 serving (3-1/2 quarts) can freeze up to a month
For those who doesn't particularly like soup , will enjoy this full flavored version of traditional vegetable soup . For the vegetarians in your family , you can omit the beef .
2 pounds ground beef
3 medium onions , chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef broth , undiluted
1 can (28 ounces) dice tomatoes , un-drained
3 cups water
1 cup each diced carrots and celery
1 cup fresh or frozen cut green beans
1 cup cubed peeled potatoes
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
** salt and pepper to taste**
In a skillet , cook the beef , onions and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink ; drain . Transfer to a 5-quart slow cooker . Add the remaining ingredients and mix well . cover and cook for 7 to 8 hours or until heated through .