Pa is a man with simple tastes. When he’s feeling a little chill in the bones, he doesn’t go for any fancy gadget or even reach for the thermostat. No, he just picks up a saucepan and whips up some of his famous soup; that always does the trick! Pa’s Beef Soup stirs together the savory ground beef (because what kind of beef soup would it be without it?), the tender vegetables, and the bright, aromatic warmth of a homemade tomato broth to make a soup that will give you a burst of summer even in the depths of winter. A little onion soup mix adds the zest needed to keep the soup playful and comforting all at once! Pa’s Beef Soup is home cooking at its finest: rustic, delicious, and nurturing.

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  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (1-ounce) envelope onion soup mix


Step 1 –In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the beef, breaking it into crumbles, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Step 2 –Drain the fat from the saucepan.

Step 3 –Add the water, the stewed tomatoes, the mixed vegetables, the tomato sauce, and the onion soup mix to the saucepan.

Step 4 –Bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 5 –Reduce the heat and cover the saucepan.

Step 6 –Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 7 –Serve hot.