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Italian Vegetable Beef Soup

Break out the vegetables for this light and savory Italian Vegetable Beef Soup recipe. It’s loaded with great vegetables like zucchini, squash and carrots. Healthy (and easy) comfort food!

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Break out the vegetables for this easy Italian Vegetable Beef Soup recipe. It's loaded with great vegetables like zucchini, squash and carrots. Healthy comfort food! #soup #vegetablesoup #beef #beefrecipe #souprecipe #lowcarbrecipe #healthysouprecipe #healthyrecipe

This post was last published in November, 2015. It is still one of my favorite soups that can be made with lean ground beef and all the veggies in your fridge (specifically zucchini, green beans and carrots). Although we are still experiencing 90+ degree weather in Florida, I crave this soup all the time. It’s perfect for light lunches and dinners – it’s nice to make ahead so that you have something to quickly reheat when you are short on time.

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Are you all turkey’ed out or what? I know I am. I had a few good leftover turkey recipes swirling in my head over the weekend (my daughter wanted me to make a turkey pasta salad, mmm), but honestly, I just didn’t get around to any creative leftover creations. We had a lot of turkey paninis and just straight up Thanksgiving plate reruns. It’s all good.

Moving on from turkey…I’m bringing up this Italian Vegetable Beef recipe from the archives. I originally posted this recipe back in December of 2009. Crazy how long ago that was! I remember I made this soup to take to my daughter’s preschool teacher who had just had surgery. When she got back to school, she told me her and her daughters loved the soup so much and wanted more. Yea, a compliment like that pretty much always makes my day. 🙂 Since then, I have made this soup quite a few times. It’s a great change from my typical chicken based soups, the lean beef (or bison) makes it a little extra hearty but still easy on the calories.

Break out the vegetables for this easy Italian Vegetable Beef Soup recipe. It's loaded with great vegetables like zucchini, squash and carrots. Healthy comfort food! #soup #vegetablesoup #beef #beefrecipe #souprecipe #lowcarbrecipe #healthysouprecipe #healthyrecipe

I’m sure most of you will agree that a bowl of good homemade soup is total comfort.  Soup has a way of warming up the body while nourishing it with so many health benefits at the same time.  I’m more of a broth base soup person, so I’m not really referring to the heavier creamy soups…not that those are bad, but they just don’t make me feel the same as a soup filled with lots of herbs and vegetables in broth.

Whenever I find that I have lots of vegetables in the veggie drawer that need to be used up, I usually make soup.  This particular day I had a nice variety of veggies….zucchini, squash, carrots and green beans.  Add some dried herbs, lean ground beef and chicken broth and you’ve got Italian Vegetable Beef Soup.

Break out the vegetables for this easy Italian Vegetable Beef Soup recipe. It's loaded with great vegetables like zucchini, squash and carrots. Healthy comfort food! #soup #vegetablesoup #beef #beefrecipe #souprecipe #lowcarbrecipe #healthysouprecipe #healthyrecipe

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Italian Vegetable Beef Soup

Yield: about 6 servings


  • 2 tb olive oil
  • 2 zucchinis, quarter chopped
  • 2 squash, quarter chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 cups green beans, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • good pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 32oz can of Italian diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 - 1.25  lb lean ground beef or bison, cooked and crumbled
  • Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In large stock pot, heat 2 tb olive oil and add zucchini, squash, carrots, garlic and onions. Cook for about 8 minutes until starting to soften. Add seasonings, tomatoes and chicken broth to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add green beans and cooked ground beef. Simmer soup for about 20 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve with Parmesan cheese and cooked pasta if you like.

Note:  amounts of vegetables can be varied.  Use what you have on hand.

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Love soup?

Soup is one of my go to meals when I’m trying to trim some pounds or just generally feel healthier. Some soups I tend to make often are  Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Kale Soup with Sweet PotatoesSlow Cooker Split Pea Soup, and Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup. I’m ready to try this Beef Taco Quinoa Soup and Fall Vegetable Quinoa Soup!

Healthy comfort food! Lean beef, vegetables seasoned with Italian herbs, this Italian Vegetable Beef soup can be served with or without pasta for an easy weeknight meal.

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34 Responses to “Italian Vegetable Beef Soup”

  1. patsy posted December 11, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Yeah!!! Thanks, so much, Aggie! I can’t wait to start baking from this cookbook!

  2. Erica posted December 11, 2009 at 8:47 am

    My mom and I used to make a soup similar to this from one of the better homes cookbooks- it was fabulous! I agree…soup is just heaven this time of year 🙂 Congrats to Patsy and I hope you have a wonderful weekend Aggie

  3. HoneyB posted December 11, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Congrats Patsy!

    Aggie, the soup looks delicious. Would love some for my lunch today!

  4. Diana @ frontyardfoodie posted December 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Nothing like a bowl of hot soup on a cold day.

    It’s been so cold here lately I often don’t even feel like cooking but instead curling up on the couch with hot tea and a book underneath a warm blanket.

  5. Wonder Woman posted December 11, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Wow, not only does this soup sound great, but your photos are incredible! I have a hard time with main dish photos, but I’m wondering if that is because I always cook our meals at night when there is no more natural light.

  6. Bob posted December 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    That looks perfect. I could go for some right now, it’s freezing out up here.

  7. bellini valli posted December 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Soup is the way to go Aggie:D

  8. Stacie posted December 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Love these kind of soups, especially on cold winter days we’re getting here in Chicago. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. AnneStrawberry posted December 11, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    You’re too sweet Aggie. I’m loving the soup and if I made more of that and less baked goods we’d all be closer to our skinny jeans! Lucky for my husband, he has skinny genes… so he’s good to go. 🙂

    And yet… I’m going to check out the Magnolia book anyways!

  10. Kerstin posted December 12, 2009 at 12:13 am

    What a super comforting and hearty soup! I wish I had a bowl to warm up with tonight!

  11. Jamie posted December 12, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I make a very similar soup. I call it hamburger soup and I love soups like this as well. Today would be a perfect day for this, it’s cold and rainy. Congrats to Patsy…..I REALLY wanted to win but I’m glad she did!

  12. teresa posted December 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    i could really go for a big bowl of that soup right now!

  13. Ninette posted December 12, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    That looks so delicious!

  14. Megan posted December 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    My dad makes a minestrone similar to this. I really love it with the crumbled ground beef. I stockpile it in my freezer. Your recipe looks fantastic!

  15. Maria posted December 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I will take mine without the beef:)

  16. Bugaboo posted December 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I’m going to make this tomorrow, subbing beef stew meat for the ground beef. Sounds yummy — thanks!

  17. Stephanie posted December 21, 2009 at 10:54 am

    YUM, that looks hearty and delicious. I like to make a huge batch of soup on the weekends and eat it for lunch all week.
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  18. Biz posted December 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Hey – just wanted to wish you and your family a Wonderful Merry Christmas! Can’t wait to see what you cook up for 2010! 😀

  19. {Tee|Gruentee|Zubereitung} posted August 26, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I agree… greentea will give you energy.. its like whole wheat bread compared to the analogy of coffee.. green tea is just the best legal energy booster 🙂

  20. Sonny posted October 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I love beef soup and this recipe looks amazing! It’s just starting to get chilly here and I’m looking at fall recipes. I can’t wait to see what my husband thinks about this one. I bet the onion is delish.
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  22. Roxana posted November 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    This soup looks so warming and hearty, I love it! 😀

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you Roxana!

  23. Erica posted November 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I’m not much for beef, but I do really enjoy a beef soup or stew! This sounds and looks awesome. I agree- broth soups are amazing. Especially when it gets chillier

  24. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted November 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I am such a big fan of bison – you don’t see it enough!! Also I love that you add green beans to soups!! 

  25. JulieD posted December 1, 2015 at 11:48 am

    This looks so good…perfect for the cooler weather we are having!

  26. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted December 3, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Such a great comfort soup. I love beefy soups filled with veggies!

  27. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife posted December 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I LOVE all the veggies in this soup! 😍 The next time to weather dips down in Denver, I know exactly what I’m making.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted December 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Yes! The veggies really bulk it up!

  28. Glory/ Glorious Treats posted December 7, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I love soups extra in the fall and winter and this looks just perfect!  

  29. Lindsay posted December 7, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Soup is the only redeeming part of winter, in my opinion. 🙂

  30. Shaina posted December 7, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Perfect winter soup! This looks like a bowl of comfort.

  31. Joanne posted December 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    This soup looks amazing and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! Thanks for sharing.


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