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Hello everyone, I'm Cindi, aka "domestic goddess", and I consider myself to be a country girl at heart. I'm also a mother to 3 daughters, and I have 1 granddaughter. Being a counrty gal, I enjoy preparing down-home country meals for my family. I also enjoy sharing recipes with others, collecting cookbooks, reading about the paranormal, and spending time with my family.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hamburger Helper Lasagna Soup

This 'delicious' hearty soup is made with "seasoned" ground pork sausage. It's a nice change from the usual lasagna hamburger helper soup recipe, which is made with ground beef.

Hamburger Helper Lasagna Soup

1 (6.4 oz.) box Betty Crocker Lasagna Hamburger Helper
1 lb. "seasoned" ground pork sausage (*See note)
1 medium sized red onion, diced
2 medium size garlic cloves, minced
4 cups beef broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (10 oz.) can Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
1/2 of 1-(14.5 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
2 cups cut-up zucchini (cut into 4-inch pieces)
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, to garnish the soup

Spray the inside of a Dutch oven or soup kettle, with a no-stick cooking spray.

In the Dutch oven or kettle, add the ground beef, and season beef with a bit of black pepper.  (Do not add salt to this recipe!)

Brown the ground beef three quarters of the way, over medium heat; stirring to break up the meat.

Add the onions, and sprinkle onions with a bit of the pepper, then add the garlic.

Finish browning the beef and cooking the onions and garlic, this will just take a minute or two.

Add the following ingredients to the kettle of cooked beef, the seasoning packet from the boxed hamburger helper, the beef broth, stewed tomatoes, the Rotel Tomatoes, whole kernel corn, zucchini, and the Italian seasoning.

Bring soup to a boil; stirring the soup occasionally.

Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer the soup for 10 minutes; stirring the soup occasionally.

Add the uncooked noodles to the Dutch oven or kettle. Bring soup to a second boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover, and simmer the soup for 15 minutes.

Remove soup from heat, stir the soup, and serve.

Top each bowl of soup, with a sprinkle of the grated parmesan cheese.

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

*Note: For this recipe, I used "seasoned" ground pork sausage, which already has garlic, onion, ground sage, salt, and black pepper added to it, but you could substitute ground beef for the sausage.  Also, any leftovers reheated, will have the consistency of a goulash, rather than a soup.

Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper Soup

I created this soup back in 2009, using a box of Betty Crocker Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper. I've also made this soup using a box of Italian Lasagna Hamburger Helper as well. This soup is hearty and delicious!



Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper Soup

1 (7.2 oz.) box Zesty Italian Hamburger Helper,
or 1 (6.4 oz.) box Italian Lasagna Hamburger Helper
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1 lb. ground beef
3/4 cup diced onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
several dashes ground black pepper
4-1/2 cups canned beef broth
1 (14.5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
1 (10 oz.) can Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
1 cup zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots (l used baby carrots)
1 cup whole kernel corn (frozen, or corn in a can, drained)
8 ounces frozen green beans
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning

Spray the inside of a Dutch oven or soup kettle, with a no-stick cooking spray.

In the Dutch oven or kettle, add the ground beef, and season beef with a bit of black pepper. (Do not add salt to this recipe!)

Brown the ground beef three quarters of the way, over medium heat; stirring to break up the meat.

Add the onions, and sprinkle onions with a bit of the pepper, then add the garlic.

Finish browning the beef and cooking the onions and garlic, this will just take a minute or two.

In the meantime, cook the frozen green beans in a microwave, till they are about three quarters of the way done; drain beans and set them aside. (Note: I sprinkled the green beans with a bit of black pepper, before microwaving them.)

Add the following ingredients to the kettle of cooked beef, the seasoning packet from the boxed hamburger helper, the beef broth, stewed tomatoes, the Rotel Tomatoes, zucchini, sliced baby carrots, whole kernel corn, the cooked green beans, and the Italian seasoning.

Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and simmer the soup for 10 minutes.

Uncover the kettle, stir the soup, and add the package of penne pasta, that's included in the box of hamburger helper.

Bring soup to a second boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover, and simmer the soup for 15 minutes.

Remove soup from heat, stir the soup, and serve.

Yields: 7 to 8 servings

Note: I noticed after making this soup and using the 6.4 oz. box of Italian Lasagna Hamburger Helper (with the mini lasagna noodles in the box) verses the Zesty Italian (which adds mini penne pasta to the box), the next day when I reheated the soup, I had to add a bit more liquid, as the soup had thickened, and it had the consistency of a goulash. Since the mini lasagna noodles seem to absorb the liquid, I added more broth (a 1/2 cup) plus I added some V-8 Spicy Hot Vegetable Juice.

Italian Sausage Hamburger Helper Soup

I created this soup back in 2010, using a box of Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper Italian Sausage Flavor. This soup is hearty and delicious!

Italian Sausage Hamburger Helper Soup

1 (6.9 oz.) box Hamburger Helper Italian Sausage Flavor
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage
3/4 cup diced onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
several dashes ground black pepper
2 (10-1/2 oz.) cans Campbell's Beef Broth
1-1/2 soup cans water
1 (14.5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot (I used baby carrots)
1 zucchini (9 oz.) cut into 1/4-inch pieces
8 oz. frozen green beans
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Spray the inside of a stock-pot, with a no-stick cooking spray.

To the pot, add the sausage, and season it with a bit of black pepper, if desired. (Do not add salt to this recipe!)

Brown the sausage over medium heat; stirring to break up the meat.

While the sausage is browning, cook the frozen green beans in a microwave, till they are about three quarters of the way done; drain beans and set them aside. (I cooked the beans in an 850 watt microwave for 6 minutes, but stirring them after 3 minutes I also season the beans with a bit of black pepper).

When sausage is done browning, then drain it in a colander.

To the stockpot, lightly sauté the onions for a minute or two. (Add a bit of vegetable oil if need be.)

Add garlic to the pot, and sauté the garlic for about 1 minute.

Place sausage back into the pot, then sprinkle the seasoning packet from the hamburger helper over all, and stir to coat the meat.

To the pot add the following ingredients: the beef broth, one and a half soup cans of water, the stewed tomatoes, sliced baby carrots, zucchini, green beans, the Italian seasoning, and the rotini pasta that's included in the boxed hamburger helper.

Bring soup to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer the soup for about 14 minutes.

Remove soup from heat, stir the soup, and serve.

If desired, sprinkle each bowl of soup with a bit of the parmesan cheese.

Yields: 5 to 6 servings

Note: I noticed after cooking the soup, the carrots seemed to be slightly crisp.  For those who'd prefer them to be a bit more cooked, I would do the following after adding the cooked meat, the seasoning packet, onion, garlic, broth, water, and just the carrots to the stockpot. Bring those ingredients to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer it for 5 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients, (the stewed tomatoes, zucchini, green beans and Italian seasoning) and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer the soup for about 14 minutes.