Make your family this Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup, and serve it with cornbread or crackers.

Similar to Goulash Without the Macaroni

This soup is similar to goulash without the macaroni, and it’s low carb.

My husband asked me one day if I could make a vegetable soup. “Or is there any way,” he said, “that you could make goulash without the macaroni?”

So I made this soup recipe, and he and I liked it very much. In fact, this recipe is definitely a keeper for us.

Vegetable soup
Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup

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What You’ll Need to Make this Soup:

  1. 1 medium sweet onion
  2. 2 small or 1 large yellow summer squash
  3. 1 lb ground chuck or lean hamburger
  4. 1 tomato
  5. 1 can black beans (I used Trappey’s Seasoned Black Beans)
  6. 1 can Cut Italian Green Beans
  7. Crackers to serve with the soup


  1. Fennel Seed      This is an Italian seasoning that gives the Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup an exceptional flavor.
  2. Basil – I used dried basil in this soup recipe, but fresh basil can work just as well if not better.
  3. Parsley – Dried parsley was used in this recipe.
  4. McCormick Salt Free Garlic & Herb – I love this seasoning because it has no salt, yet the garlic and herb combination has a good flavor.
  5. Chile Seasoning (I used Santa Fe Seasons Chile Blend) – Usually,though, I don’t include chile seasoning in my soups. However, it blended well with the other seasonings in this soup recipe. Santa Fe Seasonings are some of the best ever seasonings in my opinion.

Pasta is Optional for Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup

My husband and I hardly ever eat pasta. But he loves goulash, the kind with large elbow macaroni. However, we seldom eat macaroni anymore because it has high carbs.

You could make the Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup with pasta if you’re not worried about eating high carbs. Lean ground beef or ground turkey both work for Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup as well as the goulash.

The Goulash Similar to Vegetable & Hamburger Soup But With Macaroni

Check out the goulash recipe, the Southern Comfort Macaroni Goulash below. Goulash is so easy to make. And it’s a good kid-friendly recipe, also great for macaroni and cheese lovers.

Southern Comfort Goulash with Macaroni

But if you need to cut carbs out, make it differently like the soup recipe below. Incidentally, the yellow squash can make a good alternative for the pasta.

Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup

easy vegetable hamburger soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword soups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 Medium sweet onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Large Yellow Summer Squash
  • 1 Lb Ground Chuck Hamburger
  • 1 Can Trappey’s Seasoned Black Beans
  • 1 Can Cut Italian Green Beans
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fennel Seed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Parsley
  • 2 Teaspoons McCormick Salt Free Garluc & Herb
  • 2 Teaspoons Santa Fe Seasons Chile Blend


  1. Slice the onion into small pieces and sauté in the oil in a skillet.

  2. Cut 1/2 of a large yellow summer squash or 2 small ones into slices, cut the slices into fourths, then add to the onions.

  3. Stir the squash in with the onions and stirfry a minute or two.

  4. Mix in 1/4 of the fennel seed, basil, and parsley with the onion and squash.

  5. Put the onions and squash into a large pot when the onions look translucent and before they turn dark and burn.

  6. Add the hamburger in the same skillet you cooked the onion and squash in.

  7. Season the hamburger with 1/4 teaspoon each of the fennel seed, basil, and parsley.

  8. Mix in 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon salt-free garlic seasoning, and 1 teaspoon chile seasoning with the hamburger.

  9. Cook the hamburger until brown.

  10. While hamburger is cooking. slice the tomato into small chunks.

  11. Drain any grease, then add the meat to the pot with the onions and squash.

  12. Add the Italian green beans, the tomato chunks, and black beans to the pot (I partially drained the can of black beans.).

  13. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the salt-free garlic seasoning and chile seasoning on the vegetables and meat then stir.

  14. Add 2 cups water to the pot, and stir with the vegetables and meat.

  15. Cook on high until boiling, then turn burner to medium low for 5 or 10 minutes.

  16. Ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

This soup was about 4 servings but could be adapted to more if you add additional water and/or vegetables and hamburger.

The cost to make this recipe, $9, is an estimate. 

What to Serve with Easy Vegetable &  Hamburger Soup


There’s a trick to cooking a pan of Southern cornbread. You need a cast iron skillet and cooking oil. Check out my goulash recipe for more details on how to do the cornbread steps.

Cornbread or crackers are pretty much all you need as a side for vegetable and hamburger soup.

More Vegetable Soups

Here are more vegetable soups, hearty ones and comfort soups. You’ll see some are cooked on the stove, one in a pressure cooker, and one in a slow cooker.

The What’s-on-Hand Style Taco Soup is a pantry-style taco soup made with hamburger. Follow the recipe, or change it according to what you have on hand in your pantry.

Want more vegetable soup options? Visit for her “12 Soups from the Pantry” that include vegetable soups. 

What’s-on-Hand Style Taco Soup

Taco Soup with Beef Broth
Pantry-Style Taco Soup









Zesty Tomato Soup is a spicy tomato soup. Don’t like hot? Make it mild.

tomato soup
Zesty Tomato Soup







The next two soups include vegetables with chicken.

Chicken Soup

chicken soup
Chicken and Vegetable Soup – Comfort Food








Chicken Alfredo Pea Soup

Pressure cooker pea soup
Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo Pea Soup









This Chicken Alfredo Pea Soup is cooked in the pressure cooker and is very delicious.

Homemade Soup During the Holidays

It’s refreshing to eat a bowl of homemade soup during the holidays when families have feasted on favorite traditional recipes.

A hearty vegetable soup can help you get back on tract with nutritious eating after enjoying rich holiday desserts.

Leave a Comment

Leave a comment below if you make any of the soup recipes. I’d love to know how you liked them.

Perhaps, you will come up with your own version of the vegetable and hamburger recipe. 

Thank you for visiting Kitchen Southern Hospitality.

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Now go enjoy a bowl of Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup. 😁

Vegetable soup
Easy Italian Vegetable & Hamburger Soup



  1. This soup looks super hearty and like the perfect recipe as the temperature begins to drop. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh this looks scrumptious and perfect for cooler weather! I LOVE that it doesn’t have pasta in it either! Definitely add this to your cooler weather comfort food menus!

  3. This looks so good! I love that it’s low in carbs. I can’t wait to make it!

  4. This soup is so hearty, comforting, and delicious! Love the flavors, so perfect for soup season!

  5. This soup was so homey and delicious! Made for the perfect hearty dinner!

  6. This soup is so flavorful and hearty. Such a delicious comfort food for soup season!

  7. This was delicious! The kids even ate the veggies!

    1. Author

      Thank you, Louise! If the kids ate it, I’ll be making it for sure the next time my grandkids visit.

  8. Thanks a lot for this amazing and super easy to make vegetable hamburger soup recipe! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

    1. Author

      Thank you, Allyssa, for recommending the vegetable hamburger soup!

  9. I love the flavors of this soup and it’s a perfect way to add more veggies

  10. This “ghoulash without the macaroni ” looks and sounds delicious. It’s definitely going onto my list of must try recipes. Thanks for the link to my pantry soups collection.

    1. Author

      Thank you, Patti. Let me know how it turns out for you. You’re welcome. Your soup options look and sound wonderful for fall and winter.

  11. I love all the veggies included here. Looks like a perfect way to make the kids eat their vegetables. 🙂

    1. Author

      Farrukh, yes, I agree that it’s the perfect way to get kids to eat their veggies. My grandkids love soup.

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