February 26, 2013

Cheeseburger Soup


I confess, when I started making this soup for the very first time, I inwardly groaned. Between the veggies and the potatoes I thought surely this meal could only end in tears.

In other words, my kids would be crying that they had to eat yet another "healthy" meal and not the ever coveted frozen chicken nuggets.

Well, I don't actually give them to my kids frozen, I do cook them you know... usually. Yeesh, give me some credit!

But this really was a HUGE hit with everyone! Especially with Jacob. He ate three big bowls of it!

And believe me, he never eats three bowls of anything. I've already made this more than once because he literally begged me to make it again.

And that NEVER happens.


Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup finely diced celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
4 tablespoons butter, divided
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 can Campbell's condensed Cheddar Cheese soup
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

1.  Brown the ground beef in 3 quart saucepan.  Drain and set aside.
2. In the same saucepan add 1 T butter and add onion, shredded carrots, celery. parsley flakes, and basil.  Saute until tender.
3.  Add the broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
4.  In small skillet melt remaining butter (3 T) and add the flour.  Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly.  Add to the soup and bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to low.
5. Stir in the cheese, soup, milk, salt and pepper.  Cook and stir until cheese melts.  Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.  
Yield 8 servings


Seriously, try it. It's really good. If you're a vegetarian you could leave out the beef and add more veggies, and use vegetable broth instead of chicken.

It seems to take me roughly 30 minutes to make.

Taste: 5 out of 5 stars
Ease: 4 out of 5 stars
Time: 4.5 out of 5 stars 


Let me know what you think!
Adapted from Taste of Home

4 super cool people speak:

Mama Smith said...

This looks SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD! I LOVE SOUPS!!!!!!!!! I am going to copy the recipe...After all...I now know a way to be a big HIT with Jacob...when he comes to see me...when we move...smile

Raelyn said...

Serene....
Where there is cheese, if you are me, I will be first in line to praise its deliciousness!! Mmmmm!! I will need to make this!! ;)
--Raelyn

Meagan said...

Thanks for posting! I made it for dinner tonight with a few variations. My kids were hesitant, but I assured them that the Heiner kids liked it. So they gave it a try. And success!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Meagan, I actually was thinking of you while I was making this since I know you you never condensed soup.
I was wondering what you'd use instead?
I considered trying it with just the homemade cream of whatever-you-want-it-to-be recipe and adding more cheese. LOL!

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