Mom’s V-8 Hamburger Soup – Revised

December 11, 2013

(Revised to SmartPoints – 9/22/16, Original Post – December 2013)


My mom made this a lot in the winter when I was a kid. I still remember walking into the house on a cold day and the house smelling like a big pot of winter yumminess. Mom still makes this soup. She made it this week as a matter of fact, which reminded me that I hadn’t made it in a while. It’s naturally a great Low Point option to have on hand, and what could be better on a bitter cold night than a bowl of Mom’s winter yumminess??

You can really change this soup up a lot, so there really are no rules. The things that make it so great are the V-8 soup, your meat option and a couple of bay leafs.

I have calculated the points with a few different variations of ground meat and vegetables, and it is anywhere from 4 SmartPoints to 6 SmartPoints for one cup. Sometimes I make this with 93% lean ground beef, and sometimes I make it with 93% lean ground turkey. This time I made it with the turkey. Sometimes I use all fresh vegetables, and sometimes I use canned. Sometimes I use a little bit of both. It just depends on what is in the pantry. Sometimes I add a ton of veggies. You really can’t mess this up. Do you like your soup thick or thin? You’ll just want to measure your ingredients if you really want to know exactly how many points you are eating.

Following the ingredients below, this soup is 6 SmartPoints for a One Cup Serving. 


Mom's V-8 Hamburger Soup
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  1. 1 pound of 93% lean ground beef (You can substitute turkey)
  2. 1 large onion, diced
  3. 1 46 oz Bottle of V-8 (I used the low sodium)
  4. 1 can of peas, drained
  5. 1 can of green beans, drained
  6. 1 can of carrots, drained
  7. 1 can of mixed veggies, drained
  8. 1 cup of frozen corn
  9. 24 oz of small white potatoes, halved or quartered
  10. 1-2 bay leaf
  11. oregano, basil
  12. salt, pepper
  1. Brown meat with onion in a large soup pot. Drain fat.
  2. Add all other ingredients to the pot.
  3. Sprinkle enough oregano and basil over the top to light cover everything in the pot.
  4. Simmer for two hours.
  5. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  6. I prefer to salt and pepper mine by the bowl.
  1. This recipe makes 10 Cups.
  2. One cup = 6 SmartPoints.
  3. You can reduce the points by using Butternut Squash instead of potatoes. Delish!
  4. This is great in the crockpot! Brown meat and cook onion in skillet. Drain fat. Add meat and onion and all other ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
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I sprinkle enough oregano and basil over the top to lightly cover everything in the pot. Maybe 1 tsp each??? Then salt and pepper to taste. 

I actually prefer to salt mine by the bowl.


Give it a good stir and let simmer for at least two hours.


Invite your mom to dinner!

Or not. Your choice.



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37 responses to Mom’s V-8 Hamburger Soup – Revised

  1. January 5, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Oh! I am eating a ton of sweet potatoes these days, but I’ve never made this using them. Now I must! Thank YOU!! 🙂

  2. I made this last night and it was delicious!!! I used sweet potato versus white potato and added some hot sauce.., so yummy! Thank u so much for posting!

  3. April 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I’m glad you liked it! Easy and Yummy, just the way I like my food!


    Thanks so much for sharing with your Weight Watchers group on Facebook!

    Hope you have a Happy and Healthy Week!


  4. Omg i found this on Pinterest and tried it out tonight. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY thanks so much for sharing. I shared your website with my weight watchers group on Facebook.

  5. March 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I’m glad you found my blog. I hope you are able to take something away from it.

    I follow all sorts of WW Bloggers and WW Instagram accounts! It’s a great tool for finding new recipes and staying motivated!

    Enjoy the rest of your week Nicole!

  6. Thanks for the idea – I’ll give this a try! As a lapsed lifetimer I am so eager to find recipes from other members!

  7. January 15, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I keep forgetting that I need to try that!! Thanks for the reminder!

  8. I make it with ground deer meat too and it’s great!

  9. January 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Oh I wish that I did. I don’t have any of my old WW information to be able to calculate that though. I hope you’re able to find out!

  10. What is the point value for this based on the old pints system. . Not points plus do you know?

  11. October 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I would cook the meat and onions, then add them with everything else to the crockpot and just keep it on low all day long. If you’re gone all day, you could put it on warm when you get home just so it isn’t quite so hot when it’s time to eat.

    I think I need to make this over the weekend!!


  12. When simmering this in a crock pot, how long should it simmer for? Do you keep the crock pot on low, or keep warm?

  13. May 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    One of my favorites for sure! Deer Meat? I should try that. My husband is not a hunter, but I have several friends that are.

    Note to self: Makes mom’s soup with deer meat! 🙂


  14. I make this all the time. I call it hamburger stew. I also use deer meat.

  15. January 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks, Val. That was a sweet comment to read. I guess I say that because I truly never really feel like I know what I am doing in the kitchen! (Would you believe my brother has been a chef for years??) I guess I just want anyone that is reading to know that I’m making suggestions of things that I think might taste good together, and are point friendly, but nothing fancy going on here.

    Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to comment!

    Have a great and healthy day!

  16. You say you’re not a cook because you don’t have precise measurements and you vary the recipe so much but I think that is precisely what makes you a good cook. Please keep sharing these great recipes and inspiring more weight loss, love your life journeys.

  17. January 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Nope. It actually does not change the Points Plus Values, I just try to get in a little variety now and then! I’ve cooked so much with turkey, that I sometimes forget to use beef! When I do, I remember how much I do love it though!

  18. Do the pp+ change if lean ground beef is used instead of the turkey?

  19. December 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the compliment! I love this in the crockpot! Just cook the meat and onion first, then put that in the crockpot, then add everything else to the crockpot along with the meat and onions! Your house will smell so yummy!

  20. Wow you look awesome! Bravo for doing it the right way!!! Do you think this could be made in a crockpot? Single Mom battling the baby weight and the ugly self image here in California.
    Applause to you!