(Total time will vary with appliance and setting.)
Select lean stew meat, or trim the extra fat before adding the beef to the soup. Trimming will take a little bit of time, but the result will be worth it because you won't have to spend time later skimming off fat.
Top this soup with a handful of herb-flavored croutons and a little shredded Parmesan cheese.
If you can't find the canned diced tomatoes with garlic, use 2 cans of plain diced tomatoes and add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
To save time and to make this hearty soup in the winter months, use 3/4 cup frozen cut green beans and 2/3 cup frozen whole kernel corn. Rinse the frozen vegetables under cold running water to separate and partially thaw them before adding to the soup.