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Vegetable Soup

Hearty soup loaded with veggies and ditalini noodles with ham or ground beef. Skip meat and substitute vegetable broth for vegetarian option.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Optional Simmer15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheap, ground beef, ham, soup, vegetable soup, vegetarian
Author: LittleBit
Cost: $


  • large dutch oven / stock pot (6-7 quart)


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • ½ Smithfield smoked ham steak, cubed with bone
  • 1 - 15 oz. can chicken broth or sub vegetable broth
  • 3 - 15 oz. cans water
  • 1 - 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup each: frozen peas, corn, green beans, butter beans, okra sub equal amounts mixed frozen vegetables
  • ¼ cup ditalini pasta sub diced potatoes, or other small pasta
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Clean and chop carrot, celery, and onion. Place in pot with olive oil and sauté for 5 min. Do not burn.
  • Add ham and continue to cook ~5 more minutes. Fat from smoked ham should be released from meat. For ground beef, add salt and pepper. Skip for vegetarian meal.
  • Add broth, water (using broth can), diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir.
  • Measure and add vegetables and ditalini pasta. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring soup to a boil. Place lid on pot and reduce to Medium temperature - being careful to not let soup boil over. Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Optional: Simmer on Low for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Serve with toasted sourdough bread, grilled cheese, or corn bread.