John Elway’s Hamburger Soup

This great recipe was given to me by a client (Thanks Cindy!). It is a highly requested soup in her family. With the name John Elway behind it, I had to try it. I must say, I was very pleased with it. It is a hearty soup that has a distinct flavor and fills the house with an amazing smell.

The recipe calls for ground beef, but feel free to experiment with other protein sources.

We cut this recipe in half, since we were only cooking for two.

2-3 pounds of Ground Beef leaner the better

1 or 2 medium sized onions (chopped)

1 garlic clove(minced)

2 tablespoons of butter

3 cans (10.75 oz each) of Beef Broth use low sodium

2 cans (10 oz each) of diced tomatoes w/ green chilis

1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

1 cup of potatoes (diced w/ skin)

1 cup of carrots (diced)

1 cup of celery (diced)

1 can (14.5oz) of French style Green Beans or replace with fresh green beans

1 cup of red wine

1 table spoon of parsley (minced)

1/2 tablespoon of basil

salt and pepper


1. In a large frying pan, brown hamburger and crumble. Drain and set aside.

2. In a large soup pot, saute onions and garlic in butter and begin to color.

3. Add hamburger meat to the pot, then add all other ingredients. Stir well and bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes.

Makes 6-8 servings.