Mr. Handsome’s cousin brought it to a family Super Bowl party a few years ago. “I’m not usually a soup guy, but it was delicious,” he told me. So I decided to be a good wife and track down the recipe, which ended up being from Taste of Home.
I made it last night with quite a few alterations, and we both loved it! And guess what? It is decently healthy (especially with my change)!
Cheeseburger Soup (my version)
1/2 pound ground beef
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 cup onion, chopped
3 cups carrots, diced
3 cups celery, diced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
5 Tablespoons butter, divided (2 Tablespoons can be olive oil)
3 cups chicken broth
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups potatoes, diced and peeled (approximately 2 large potatoes)
1/4 cup flour (I use a mixture of white and wheat)
1-2/3 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican style)
1-1/3 cup milk
Salt to taste (approximately 1/2 teaspoon
- In a small skillet, brown beef with seasoned salt. Drain and set aside.
- In a 5-quart saucepan, saute onion, carrots, celery, basil, and parsley in 2 Tablespoons butter (or olive oil) until they begin to soften (10-15 minutes).
- Add chicken broth, potatoes, beef, and garlic. Bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes (until potatoes are soft).
- Meanwhile, melt remaining butter (3 Tablespoons) in the skillet, and add flour. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to bubble (3-5 minutes). Add to soup.
- Bring soup to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
- Stir in cheese, milk, and salt. Continue stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
Makes approximately 10 cups of soup.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home