My favorite soup is Hamburger Soup. A friend gave it to me 20 years ago and my husband gets so excited when I make it. It is soooo easy to make and is delicious.
3 T butter, 1 1/2 lb. ground chuck or lean hamburger, 12 oz. tomato juice, 2-10 1/2 oz. french onion soup, 2-10 1/2 oz. beef consumme, 2 cups water, 4 sm. carrots sliced, 4 sm. potatoes cubed, 1 1/2 c. celery and tops, 1/4 c. parsley, 2 bay leaves, 1/2 T Italian seasoning, 20 whole black peppers. Add beef to melted butter in large kettle. Cook till brown. Add rest of ingredients.Boil, simmer 45-60 minutes.
I know it sounds like a lot of ingredients, but it takes no time to make and it is so yummy. I make it every two weeks. I think you could just use regular hamburger and discard the juice from it.