Hearty Hamburger and Vegetable Soup

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My Grandpa Bob was known for this soup. Growing up he made it every time we came to visit and we always looked forward to eating it after the long car ride.  My grandpa taught me how to make this soup one very cold Thanksgiving weekend - which happened to be one of the last times I saw him before he passed away. Now I make this soup for my family and it always makes me smile and think of him. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Hearty Hamburger and Vegetable Soup 

2 lbs ground hamburger
1 large onion
2 cups chopped celery
5 medium potatoes
1 large can (46 oz) V-8 juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups chopped carrots

Brown hamburger and onion in large skillet. Once the meat is cooked, fill the skillet with chopped celery. Cover and let cook until the celery is soft.
While meat mixture is cooking, combine potatoes, V-8, sugar, salt, water, seasoning salt, garlic salt, and Worcestershire sauce in large cooking pot over medium heat. Once celery is soft, add the meat mixture to the cooking pot. Add the carrots. Cover and let simmer for a few hours. The longer is simmers, the better it tastes.

Serve with crackers and enjoy!

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