Hangover soup or Hamburger Soup is super easy and quick to make using basic ingredients like frozen or fresh vegetables, ground beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. You can also make it in advance, it is very cost conscious, and you can freeze it without any problems for the future use. Nothing can beat a hearty, filling soup, that combines all the important food groups like protein from hamburger meat, bounty of all kinds of vegetables and starchy potatoes or carb comforting pasta. It is definitely a complete meal.
I guess that’s why it is called a hangover soup, because it is extremely satisfying and is like a warm hug in a bowl when you are not feeling that great at all. You will feel better after each spoon of broth and lick the dishes.
This soup however not only cures hangovers, it is also a huge hit with the kids and is a great way to sneak in some nutritious vegetables into their diets. You can use frozen vegetables, like in this recipe, and get a nice quick shortcut, read no chopping, cleaning and peeling required. Or use fresh leftover ones, that have been forgotten, sitting in the back of the fridge with no destination. It takes just few minutes to heat a pot with water up, cut green cabbage, pepper, onions and other vegetables to pieces and cook the soup. Anything goes, peas, corn, carrots, zucchini, green beans, chopped mushrooms you name it. I use shiitake in korean and green onion sprouts sometimes. That’s an unusual mix! Prepare the ingredients and add them when the soup starts to simmer before boiling. Do not forget to stir your mixture and reduce the heat to medium level in the remaining time.
I am using potatoes in this recipe as a carb element but this soup tastes amazing with pasta as well. Just add extra cup of water for the pasta to soak it in. All depends on your personal preference. The recipe is extremely flexible and interchangeable. I also prefer adding leaner, organic ground beef, in order to avoid access grease from the fattier mix. Diced tomatoes and tomato soup together with rich flavored beef broth create a robust, luxurious base for the soup. But you can add other ingredients to the hangover soup.
Pair this effortless and undemanding soup with a fresh salad and wholesome multigrain bread with sauce for a week night wonder meal. It is delicious with the perfect balance of flavors and textures. Serve it with freshly grated parmesan cheese for a savory, creamy touch with every bite. I hope you will enjoy cooking and eating this soup. If you have leftovers, just warm one bowl up next day.