Healthy Crock Pot Hamburger Soup with Vegetables. Simple and hearty, this easy recipe is a family favorite! Make it with potatoes, cabbage or even macaroni!
Prep Time: 20mins
Cook Time: 4hrs
Total Time: 4hrs30mins
Servings: 6servings, about 13 cups
2tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
2poundslean ground turkey - or lean ground beef
1small yellow onion - diced
3stalkscelery - diced
3clovesgarlic - minced
1teaspoonkosher salt - plus additional to taste
1/2teaspoonground black pepper - plus additional to taste
1/4teaspooncayenne pepper - plus additional to taste
1(10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles in their juices
4carrots - scrubbed and diced
1medium sweet potato - scrubbed and 1/2-inch diced (or swap 1 medium Yukon gold potato)
1red bell pepper - seeded and diced
1green bell pepper - seeded and diced
3–4cupslow-sodium beef broth
1 1/2cupspeas - fresh or frozen (or frozen mixed vegetables of choice)
1cupshredded sharp cheddar, colby jack, or pepper jack cheese
Chopped green onions or parsley - optional
In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Once hot but not smoking, add the turkey, onion, and celery. Cook, breaking the meat into small pieces, until it is no longer pink and fully cooked through, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and cayenne and cook for 30 seconds.
Transfer the meat to a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, carrots, sweet potato, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and Worcestershire. Pour in 3 cups of the beef broth. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 5 to 6 hours, until the sweet potato and carrots are tender.
Stir in the peas. If the soup is thicker than you would like, add additional broth until you reach your desired consistency. If you’d like the soup thinner yet, add water (or if you have more broth on hand, you can use that too). Re-cover the slow cooker and let cook 5 additional minutes to warm through and allow the flavors to marry. Serve hot with cheese and chopped green onions, if using.