My family DEVOURED this delicious bowl of soup made with ground beef, tomatoes, and tiny pasta. It's warm and comforting, like a great big hug on a cold winter day. Kid-friendly, freezer-friendly!
Yield: 6 Servings
4.86 from 88 votes

Beef, Tomato and Acini di Pepe Soup (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker + Stove Top)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
My family DEVOURED this delicious bowl of soup made with ground beef, tomatoes, and tiny pasta. It's warm and comforting, like a great big hug on a cold winter day. Kid-friendly, freezer-friendly!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 32 oz beef stock*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 oz small pasta such as Acini di pepei*
  • grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • *check labels for gluten-free.

Instructions

Instant Pot:

  • Press the saute button, when it's very hot add the ground beef and salt and cook until browned breaking the meat up into small pieces as it cooks. When browned, add the onion, celery and carrots and saute 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, beef stock and bay leaves, close and using pressure cooker press soup (35 minutes).
  • After that use the quick release, once the pressure is out open, add the pasta and stir, cover and press manual pressure 6 minutes (I did half the time directed on package of pasta). Remove bay leaves and serve.

Stove top directions:

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, saute the beef and salt on high heat until browned, breaking the meat up into small bits. Add the onion, celery and carrots and saute 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, stock and bay leaf, cover and cook low until the beef and the vegetables are tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours (you may need to add more broth or water if it evaporates too much).
  • Add the pasta, stir and cook according to package directions.

Slow Cooker directions:

  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute the beef and salt on high heat until browned, breaking the meat up into small bits. Add the onion, celery and carrots and saute 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Transfer to the slow cooker along with the tomatoes, stock and bay leaf, cover and cook low 8 hours.
  • Just before it's ready cook the pasta on the stove according to package directions. Add the pasta, stir
  • and cook according to package directions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1generous cup, Calories: 249kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 593mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 6
Points +: 6