Rating: 4.34 stars
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

My grandma called this soup Hobo Soup. She said it was something they made way back when, out of whatever they had available in their garden and shelves. It is a large dish (they were a family of 10), so have a big pot or slow cooker! I have halved it and honed it a little since most of us use a grocery now and don't have 8 kids.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir the beef broth, carrots, celery, parsley, celery seed, and bay leaves into a slow cooker set on High, cover, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 2 hours.

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  • Place the ground beef, onion, and garlic into a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently to break the beef into small pieces, until the onion is translucent and the beef is browned and no longer shows pink areas, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain off fat, and stir the stewed tomatoes into the beef mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes are broken up into small pieces.

  • Stir the potatoes, corn, green beans, and peas into the soup in the slow cooker, and add the beef mixture. Stir everything together, cover, and set the slow cooker on High. Cook for 4 hours.

Cook's Note

The soup should not need any more liquid added, but if the veggies and meat can't be submerged in the broth, add more broth -- or if you prefer, a little tomato juice or tomato-vegetable juice cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

362 calories; protein 23.7g; carbohydrates 45.6g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 49.6mg; sodium 1182mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (53)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2010
This is a great recipe but instead of using canned peas, beans and corn I used frozen and added a few handfuls of barley to round out the nutrition. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2011
Hobo Beef & Vegetable Soup: "I'd give this a 2. But my family ate a TON. To me, it lacked 'oomph.'" Watching my husband and daughter gleefully devour their bowls made me nudge my rating up a star. This is definitely one of those soups that can clear out the remaining bags of frozen veggies, which is the way I went as I'm not a fan of the texture of canned green beans, peas, or corn. I followed the recipe exactly, (w/ the exception of the frozen veggies) and I used diced tomatoes instead of stewed. The end result, while tasty, wasn't mind-blowing, although when I went to simmer it on day 2, I added 1/2 c. ditalini pasta, which helped sponge up a bunch of the liquid. It's just a soup that can't decide if it wants to be chili, or a stew, so if I made it again, I would either sub stew meat for the ground beef (going the stew route), or decrease the liquids and sub kidney beans for the green beans & peas (going the chili route.) But regardless of which direction I took this recipe, I would most definitely bump up the seasonings; more garlic, pepper, thyme. Read More
(53)
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2010
This is a great recipe but instead of using canned peas, beans and corn I used frozen and added a few handfuls of barley to round out the nutrition. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(82)
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2010
This is exactly like the Autumn Soup I have made for years in the Fall. It doesn't seem like it would be tasty but it is wonderful with crusty bread. I have brought this to work and everyone wanted the recipe. An inexpensive, flavorful meal. Read More
(59)
Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2011
Hobo Beef & Vegetable Soup: "I'd give this a 2. But my family ate a TON. To me, it lacked 'oomph.'" Watching my husband and daughter gleefully devour their bowls made me nudge my rating up a star. This is definitely one of those soups that can clear out the remaining bags of frozen veggies, which is the way I went as I'm not a fan of the texture of canned green beans, peas, or corn. I followed the recipe exactly, (w/ the exception of the frozen veggies) and I used diced tomatoes instead of stewed. The end result, while tasty, wasn't mind-blowing, although when I went to simmer it on day 2, I added 1/2 c. ditalini pasta, which helped sponge up a bunch of the liquid. It's just a soup that can't decide if it wants to be chili, or a stew, so if I made it again, I would either sub stew meat for the ground beef (going the stew route), or decrease the liquids and sub kidney beans for the green beans & peas (going the chili route.) But regardless of which direction I took this recipe, I would most definitely bump up the seasonings; more garlic, pepper, thyme. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2011
I can't give 5 stars because I did make some changes. I used stew meat celery salt instead of seed a bag of frozen mixed vegetables instead of canned and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce because we like it more saucy. This was a hit and I will certainly make it again using the same changes. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
Delish! I changed a few things this time I made it. I used plum tomatoes that I smashed w/ about 8 ozs of tomato sauce instead of the canned tomatoes. Added two extra potatoes and about 3 cups extra beef broth. I will DEFINITELY be making this again--also great the second day!! UPDATE: This time I also used fresh green beans instead of the canned and cooked the soup in a pot on the stove-top. Way good with all the fresh veggies! Thanks for a great recipe.:) Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2011
This was very satisfying after a full day of yardwork. I only had a 32 oz carton of beef broth so I skipped the potatoes since I thought they might soak up too much liquid. I followed the advice of the reviewers and used a half bag of frozen veggies. The only reason I took away a star was because I added some Italian seasoning and am glad I did. It made it perfect for us. I liked that the broth was more beefy than tomatoey. I will make this again with the potatoes but will make sure to have extra beef broth on hand as the recipe states. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2011
This is a great soup and I've made it several times. One time I was in a hurry and put the ground beef in the crock pot raw and it cooked up fine. Another time I used frozen mixed vegetables instead of canned. My husband doesn't like chunky stewed tomatoes so I use tomato sauce. Half way through I add more beef broth because it usually needs it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2010
Yummy. My crock pot filled up before I could add the beans and peas which was okay because I didn't have them anyway. I was planning to add frozen mixed veggies in their place but the soup was good with all the other veggies already. Oh and I didn't have celery seed so I used a little celery salt instead. Thanks for a good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2011
I didn't read ahead and didn't realize this was a slow cooker recipe - I made it on the stove top - simmered with canned carrots rather than fresh and 1 can of sliced potatoes - added Tony Chacere's seasoning - served with corn bread and it was great! Husband loved it and had left overs! Read More
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