Busy Day Soup is perfect for those busy weeknights. It’s quick to make and requires little effort. Who loves easy recipes? Rich and savory broth, tender pasta, and loads of veggies and beef in each bite.
Busy Day Soup
What I love about Busy Day Soup is that you can throw all the ingredients into the pot and let your stove work its magic.
It has a few low prep ingredients like ground beef, onion soup mix, mixed frozen veggies, diced tomatoes and macaroni.
It’s perfect for days where you don’t know what to make for dinner. If you’re like me, those days are frequent.
This fall is a busy season for our family. My youngest daughter rides horses a couple times a week and is also taking swimming lessons. She is in Bronze Medallion and hopes to be a lifeguard. It’s a lot of shuttling back and forth. Good times.
When I want a simple, hearty meal, I turn to this soup recipe. Serve it with soda crackers or a buttered roll. It’s so tasty and filling.
How to Make Busy Day Soup
Grab a large soup pot, and brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat after it’s cooked so your soup isn’t greasy.
Pour in the water, onion soup mix and tomatoes with their juices. Simmer for 1 hour on medium low heat.
After the 1 hour mark, add in the uncooked macaroni noodles and frozen mixed vegetables. Cook for another 15 minutes on medium heat. The noodles and frozen veggies will cook until they are tender.
You don’t need to thaw the vegetables. Just throw them in right from the freezer. That is what I love about this recipe, it truly is so simple to make and pull together.
Serve it up hot! It makes about 6 servings and tastes even better the next day heated up. It’s just the two of us at home now so we always have leftovers.
Can I Swap Meat in Soup
Sure, you are more than welcome to use ground turkey, pork, or even ground chicken. Just cook the meat until it is fully done. You could even take the skins off bratwurst and use them. I am sure it would add a nice level of flavor.
Or maybe you want to layer the flavor of two meats. Beef and sausage are always a fantastic pairing and really can elevate the flavor.
Vegetables in Soup
The veggies used in this soup can be adjusted to fit your tastebuds. If you have fresh veggies you want to prep and slice up, go for it. Or if you have a bag of frozen vegetables in the freezer that sound tasty, use them instead.
Feel free to raid your pantry or freezer and use what you have on hand. Just get creative and pick items that you like the flavor of. Then I think you will enjoy the flavor of the soup.
Can I Change Out the Pasta in this Soup
Yes, if you don’t have any macaroni on hand, feel free to change it up. Reach for shells, rotini, ziti, etc. Any pasta will work you just want to ensure your pasta fully cooks. You could even break up spaghetti noodles to place in the soup.
I do feel that depending on the pasta the flavor of the soup varies slightly. But, overall any flavor is amazing paired with all the broth and vegetables.
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Toppings for Busy Day Soup
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley or even Italian seasoning for color and flavor.
- Shred and sprinkle cheese that adds a nice cheesy flavor.
- Add on some crackers or even crunchy croutons to soak up the savory broth.
- Splash of hot sauce to elevate the heat factor.
You can truly do so much to this soup to elevate the flavor. I love it how it is, but sometimes we add on some toppings to change up the flavor of the soup.
Meal Prep with Leftover Soup
This soup is incredible for placing in single serve containers and storing in the fridge. Meal prep for quick on the go lunches for when you need something quick. I think the flavor just blends even more as it sits in the fridge.
In terms of freezing, you will find you can freeze this soup. The vegetables will change a bit in texture as they thaw, but the flavor of this soup is still amazing and tasty. Pasta, as well, can become a bit mushy, so if you know you are going to freeze, cook to al dente.
How to Make in the Slow Cooker
You can also make Busy Day Soup in the slow cooker. Cook the ground beef first on the stove. Add all the ingredients except the pasta to the slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 6 hours. Add in the uncooked pasta when there is only 30 minutes left of cooking time.
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- Cauliflower Soup with Bacon | You have a creamy soup that is loaded with cauliflower flavor and then topped with crispy bacon in every single bite.
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What are your favourite recipes for busy days?
Busy Day Soup
An easy soup recipe your family will love! It's quick to make and takes little effort. Perfect for those busy weeknights.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 packet onion soup mix
- 1 3/4 cup mixed frozen vegetables
- 5 cups water
- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup macaroni, uncooked
- In a large soup pot, brown ground beef. Drain fat.
- Pour in water, onion soup mix and tomatoes with juice. Simmer for 1 hour on medium low.
- Add macaroni and frozen vegetables. Cook 15 minutes longer on medium heat. Serve hot.
If soup is too thick, add more water to thin out.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 3.1gSaturated Fat: 1.3gTrans Fat: 0.1gUnsaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 45.2mgSodium: 522.4mgCarbohydrates: 28.5gFiber: 5.1gSugar: 5gProtein: 22.1g
Stacie – This soup is absolutely fabulous! My wife has me make this at least once a month. I made the following changes:
Used KNORR VEGETABLE SOUP MIX instead of onion soup mix. The Knorr mix specifies 4 cups of water but I used your 5 cups and it turned out amazing.
Used AYLMER WITH ITALIAN SPICES diced tomatoes.
I would absolutely recommend this soup to anyone and especially during our Canadian winters. Thank you so much!
Shannon Pomfret says
So I made this and doctored it up. I cooked everything in the instructions the same , however 20 minutes in to the simmering I added the potato and carrots. I added fresh zucchini, squash, corn, and kidney beans, the last 15 minutes. So filling. I didn’t like the frozen veggies.
Loved it added some polish sausage
Rachel Delamar says
I made this and added a carton of beef broth and when I browned the beef I used fresh garlic to season it with.
If preparing soup the day before serving, can I cook through 1 hour simmer, then wait until next day to add veggies and pasta? I’m afraid pasta will get mushy over night or soak up too much of the broth.
Stacie Vaughan says
I think you’d be fine with the veggies added, but agree about the pasta. It will soak up a lot of the broth.
I made your recipe today and it was delicious! I made it with TVP instead of hamburger and added a little concentrated vegetable broth and sprinkled in some crushed red pepper. Thanks for taking the time to share it. We will definitely add this to our “soup rotation”
Very delicious flavor for sure. Needed more ground beef and more frozen veggies. Otherwise delicious!
I am doubling the recipe and hope my grandkids like it. How about the seasoning? I either missed it or did not read about adding salt/pepper whatever
Stacie Vaughan says
I use one packet of onion soup mix. It has seasonings in it. You could extra though if you like.
Do you think this would be good without any meat?
Stacie Vaughan says
Yes, but I’d add more veggies and noodles.
Rita Williams says
My crock pot has a low setting of 8 or 10 would that be to long you think?
Stacie Vaughan says
No, you’ll be ok. Do the setting 8.