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Hamburger Soup becomes 2nd Dinner

This tasty hamburger soup became a fresh 2nd Dinner the following night. This is a great way to make leftovers into something new.
  • 1-1/2 pounds of hamburger
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper diced (optional)
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 32 ounces beef stock
  • 1- 28 ounce can of crushed tomato
  • 1 -15 ounce can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1-15 ounce can of kernel corn drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a Dutch Oven saute the 1/2 cup chopped onion in a little olive oil until soft. 
  2. Add hamburger and salt and pepper to the onion and cook till hamburger is no longer pink. 
  3. Drain the hamburger and set aside. 
  4. In the same dutch oven add a little more olive oil and saute the other 1/2 cup of onion, bell pepper, carrots, and jalapeno till softened about 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Return hamburger to the dutch oven. 
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. 
  7. Lower the heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes. 
  8. Taste and see if you should add more salt or pepper.
Serves 6-8
Serve with good crusty bread.

This ended up being more soup than our family could eat in one sitting. I decided to change up the leftovers for a different dinner the following night.
Ingredients for dinner #2:
  • 1- 12 ounce package of noodles
  • 6-8 ounces grated cheese of your choice 
  1. Grease a 9 x 12 casserole dish. 
  2. Cook the noodles in well salted boiling water till al dente. 
  3. Drain and then pour into prepared casserole. 
  4. Add the left over hamburger soup to the noodles and mix well. 
  5. Top with grated cheese of your choice and cook in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes. Serve with a nice green salad.


  1. What a great idea! My mom always made hamburger soup when I was young and it was my favorite. She always added noodles to the soup. I love the idea of making it into a casserole. Whenever I make soup it seems like we have had enough of it past the first dinner and lunch. Great idea!!

    I also like the mexican/southwest twist that your recipe has...

    1. i agree this is always a great idea, and the southwest is awesome

  2. Kind of reminds me of hamburger helper only better. I like this because its simple and is easy on your wallet as well. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa

  3. Comfort food two days in a row. Can't wait to try this one.

  4. I love it when I can "Mix and Match" my dinner dishes!

  5. Like this idea very much, will have to try this for sure

  6. Hi Ellen
    I was planning to make Betty's (obst kuchen)coffee cake ,pan size said, 10 by 15 inch, can I use a 9by l2 cake pan for this

  7. Shirley, If I understand your question, you want to make the coffee cake in a 9 x 12 instead of a 10 x 15. It probably would work OK. The result would be a fuller coffee cake...

  8. This looks wonderful would this work in a slow cooker?? After you browned the meat of course

    1. Sharon, I don't see why not. The texture might change somewhat.


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