Some call it hamburger soup, others call it vegetable beef soup. Whatever you call it, this Instant Pot one-pot wonder is exactly the kind of comfort food you want to eat on a cold fall day. Existing in some notional territory between a loose tomato chili and a hearty beef stew, vegetable beef soup is a fortifying number stuffed with ground beef, green beans, peas, carrots, and a slew of aromatic spices. A grilled cheese would go great with, as would a simple hunk of crusty bread and nutty Parmesan cheese. All you need is a bowl and a spoon—maybe a glass of red wine. —Eric Kim
In an electric pressure cooker such as the Instant Pot, turn on the Sauté function and let it preheat until it reads "Hot." Add olive oil and ground beef and sauté 5 minutes, then add onion and garlic. Let cook another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add tomato paste, soy sauce, oregano, celery seed, and bay leaves and stir, cooking 1 to 2 minutes. Add carrots, beef stock, and diced tomatoes and stir, then lock lid. Pressure-cook on high 20 minutes. Let pressure release naturally or, if you’re in a hurry, carefully flick the valve.
Stir in the frozen peas and green beans; they should thaw immediately. Season with vinegar, salt, and pepper and garnish with parsley. Serve in bowls with optional Parmesan (plus grater) and bread.
Eric Kim is the Table for One columnist at Food52. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he covers food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.