Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup

This easy recipe makes a large pot of soup that will feed a small crowd or leaves leftovers for those nights you just don’t feel like cooking. The leftovers freeze well in meal-size containers or plastic bags. You can add potatoes or use any combination of vegetables to suit your taste.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 6 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 carrots, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 46 ounces low-sodium vegetable juice (such as V8®)
  • 46 ounces reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can cut green beans, drained
  • 8 ounces frozen peas
  • 8 ounces frozen lima beans
  • 8 ounces frozen sliced okra

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