Audria’s Hamburger Vegetable Soup

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Lori Dunn
Audria's Hamburger Vegetable Soup is perfect for a late Saturday supper or warmed up for tomorrow's lunch.

A hot bowl of hamburger vegetable soup is more than just comforting on a chilly day — it has the ability to heal, as well. Throwing an array of vegetables into the mix will leave you with a hearty, nutrient-dense meal that may strengthen your immune system when it needs it most.

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This soup recipe is packed with healing vegetables. Celery acts as an antioxidant and a sedative, and helps reduce high blood pressure. Black pepper acts as an antibiotic to help ward off cold and flu symptoms. Studies have shown that onions help prevent blood clots and high blood pressure, and also are good for relieving congestion. Garlic helps to detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system.

Comfort your body in more ways than one by indulging in veggie-packed soups like this one all winter long.

Audria’s Hamburger Vegetable Soup

We got this recipe from a neighbor when I was a child. I think of her every time I make it.

1 pound hamburger
1 large onion, chopped
2 pounds canned tomatoes (4 cups)
2 potatoes, diced
3 to 4 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 cup shredded cabbage
¼ cup uncooked instant rice
¼ teaspoon basil
¼ teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper

Brown hamburger and onion in stockpot.

Stir in remaining ingredients. Add enough water to cover, and stir to combine.

Simmer until vegetables and rice are tender. Yields 4 to 6 servings.