I‘m not too proud to admit that preparing this recipe is going to require a can opener. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Anybody who will eat chopped romaine lettuce stored in a vacuum-packed Mason jar every day for lunch obviously doesn’t need gourmet food at every meal, although I wouldn’t mind if didn’t affect my waistline.
There are those days. Surely you have them, too–days when you just don’t have the energy or motivation to cook a nice meal. Not always, but I frequently prefer to throw something together at home rather than eat out, even if it’s not fresh and/or fancy. I know, I know. Canned beans, canned vegetables, and condensed soups often contain too much sodium, but they usually have fewer calories and more nutrition than the hamburger and french fries at the local drive-thru.
Thanks to my friend Joan who gave me this recipe, this soup has become a cool-weather staple at our house and the perfect candidate for my new “Super Simple Suppers” category. All the ingredients can be stored in the pantry and/or freezer, making it easy to keep on hand. If your family is small, you could eat it for days. Thankfully, it freezes well, so you have that option.
Talking about canned goods reminds me of my favorite can opener, a Hamilton Beach 76606Z Smooth Touch Can Opener. I used to have a hand-held Krups I loved because of the way it cut the lid off from the side instead of the blade going down into the can and possibly contaminating the food. I owned two and they both broke which is probably why they’re no longer sold.
When I found this particular model by Hamilton Beach, I was ecstatic because it cuts lids off in the same way with no rough edges to snag food, your fingers, or your spatula as you empty the can. I’ve owned it for several years now, and it’s still working great.
Just so you know, I was not paid to say this, and sadly, no one sent me one to give away. I just happen to love it and wanted to share with you in case you need a new can opener.
- 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
- 1 onion, chopped (I sub frozen chopped onions)
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 3-11 oz. cans Minestrone soup
- 2-15 oz. cans Ranch Style beans
- 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1-10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes
- 1 -1/2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons beef bouillon concentrate
- Brown ground beef and onion in a large pot. Add garlic and cook another minute or two.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Heat for 10-15 minutes.