The first time I made this soup, I used leftover browned ground beef. To make up for no drippings, I sauteed onions in bacon grease, then added the vegetables and cooked until thawed and sizzling. Finally, I added the rest of the ingredients and followed the recipe. Except, I didn't have tomato juice, so I added 3-4 tablespoons of tomato paste. The second time, I followed the recipe exactly as written. My husband & I both agreed that the vegetables were more tender the first time. Next time, I'll add cooking the veggies a little as a preliminary step. Also, the tomato paste added a richer flavor. Not a more tomatoey flavor, but more depth.
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The first time I made this soup, I used leftover browned ground beef. To make up for no...