Simple Old Fashion Beef Soup Recipe

This easy ground beef vegetable soup is perfect any time of year. A simple old fashion beef vegetable soup recipe that can be whipped up in just 30 minutes is my favourite kind of meal. Paired with a roll or saltine crackers it is a great recipe to throw together on the fly.

old fashion beef soup

Whether you are using fresh, frozen canned vegetables a soup can be thrown together at a moments notices. If you have company coming last minute or you just forgot to make dinner (guilty!) a soup is a quick and easy meal to throw together in a pot. This recipe is my go-to hamburger soup recipe when it comes to harvest season. Those long fall harvest days I find myself in the kitchen chopping, blanching vegetables I more often then not loose track of time. Days like that call for quick and easy soups. But lets get real. As a momma of six littles most of my days are very busy.

busy. I love a quick and easy meal that’s packed full of veggies for my little ones.

For this recipe you will need

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • better than bouillon beef
  • quinoa
  • peas
  • corn
  • butternut squash (optional)
  • celery
  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • parsley
  • bay leaves

If you are not much of a cook or don’t have some the ingredients on hand fear not! I’m going to tell you how to nail down some amazing flavors and show you how and what to subs in and out for the best simple old fashion soup you’ve ever had.

ground beef in pan sizzling

First off lets talk meat. Ground beef and hamburger is the best choice for this meal. Unless you have some canned stew beef on your pantry shelf this is the one thing that shouldn’t be replaced. If you want to plan ahead and know you are cooking up spaghetti one night. Double your ground beef and set it aside for your soup. If you’d rather just cook it fresh or thaw out some frozen ground beef: that is perfect!

Let’s get started.

Fry up that ground beef with a tsp of salt, a tsp of pepper and one medium sized onion diced. Set it aside

Let’s chat about the star of any soup which is the broth. I love….I am obsessed with “Better than Bouillon” paste. It is my favourite and I use it in almost every soup recipe I have. Now before you say you’ve tried it and didn’t like it. Let me stop you there. You probably didn’t use enough. I know the label says a tiny amount goes a long way but it really doesn’t. For this recipe you will need about 1/4 cup for your 8 cups of water. Place that pot on a medium to high heat. Add in your quinoa and bring it to a boil for 3 mins. Lower to a medium heat if using frozen veggies or remove from heat and cover to let the quinoa cook first if you are using canned.

What seasoning is BEST with beef?

Before you set that pot aside give it a whisk to break up the bouillon paste. Now is the time to add in your seasonings and spices. a tsp of salt, a 1/2 tsp of pepper, 2 bay leaves, 3 sprigs of thyme (or 1/2 tsp of thyme). Thyme is my favorite herb to par with beef. It really is the only thing you need to elevate your flavor in your broth.

seasoning floating in pot

If you are using fresh veggies, chop them up and put them in your soup with the quinoa. Know that this is going to increase your cook time especially if you have something like raw carrots going in your soup. To cut down on time and effort I prefer using frozen or canned vegetables.

Frozen, Fresh or Canned?

For frozen vegetables keep your pot on a medium heat pour in your vegetables. I like using carrots, corn, peas, butternut squash or turnip. Literally anything you have in your freezer you’d like to use up can be tossed in.

bowl of old fashion beef soup

Canned vegetables. If you love to preserve like me then here is some tips on using your canned vegetables. You want to put them in last. When using canned, remove your pot from the heat and let the quinoa fully cook. Place your pot back on a low to medium heat. Drain your canned vegetables and pour them in. Canned food tends to be a lot softer so it only needs to be heated up not fully cooked.

Last add in you hamburger and onions. Always add your cooked meat last! You do not want over cooked chewy hamburger chunks in your beef soup recipes. Add your meat last and enjoy!

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old fashion beef soup

Old Fashion Beef Soup Recipe

East Pine Home
Delicious simple beef soup with garden vegetables.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American, canadian
Servings 8 People


  • 1 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Better than Bouillon Beef Flavor
  • 8 Cup Water
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup Quinoa
  • 3 Thyme Sprigs
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup Corn Frozen
  • 1 cup Celery Chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup Peas Frozen
  • 1 cup Butternut Squash Precooked, chopped, Frozen


Ground Beef

  • Fry up ground beef in pan with 1 medium onion diced. Add 1 tsp of salt and 1/2-1 tsp of pepper. Set aside


  • In a large pot on medium- high heat add 8 cups of water and better than bouillon paste. whisk until dissolved. Add in seasoning. Bay leaves, thyme sprigs, salt and pepper.
    Add in quinoa. Bring to a boil for 3 mins. Cover and lower heat. Remove if it bubbles up.
    Let quinoa absorb and cook for 15 mins


  • Add in frozen vegetables and add in hamburger. Let pot simmer and heat up on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!


If using canned vegetables add last and only heat for a few minutes or they will get too mushy. 
If using fresh vegetables.  Add in with quinoa and allot for longer cook time.  
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