Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cheeseburger Soup for Soup-a-Palooza

Come join Soup-a-Palooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush’s BeansHip HostessPillsbury and Westminster Crackers” 

My entry for the Soup-a-Palooza is a recipe adapted from Matthew's family, Cheeseburger Soup. When we got married, the ladies in Matthew's family made a WONDERFUL cookbook for us and we rate almost every recipe a '10', this one included (Julie just started her own blog with all of her family's favorite recipes) We LOVE it (yes, all 5 of us!). It makes enough for us to eat two dinners in a row, which I especially love.  

Caroline was kind enough to help me in the kitchen. 
(you know I love Pioneer Woman and that love makes me want to call this picture my "cast of characters")
1/2 pound ground chuck
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
4 tablespoons butter, divided

3 cups chicken broth
4 cups diced, peeled potatoes
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 pound Velveeta
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup sour cream (if 1/2 cup makes you happy, do it)
1.  Brown your beef

 2. Once beef is cooked, drain it and return it to the pan. Add your veggies and saute until they become almost tender.

 3. Stir it up
 4. Add your basil, salt, pepper, and if you didn't have an onion (like me) you can add some onion powder.
 5. stir it up
 6. add broth
 7. stir it up
 8. and potatoes
 9. bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, put a lid on it and let simmer until potatoes are tender (10-12 minutes) 
meanwhile, get your roux on 
 10. in a small saucepan, melt your butter and add your flour. whisk.
 11. cook until bubbly and the color darkens a bit
 add your milk and whisk
 cook until thickend, about two minutes.
 12. add your thickened milk mixture to your soup
 13. once your soup is thicker and warmed through, add your cheese.
 14. when you are ready to serve, turn heat off, look adorable, and add your sour cream.

although before Matthew's family I had never seen this recipe, when I told Kristen (from dine and dish) the title of the soup I was using, she asked if it was anything like this. Not only that, but she is from Kansas too!


  1. This looks really yummy. I may have to try this for my picky eaters. Caroline is so sweet. What a big helper!! I know she enjoyed that so much!

  2. I am making a double batch of this for a Teacher Appreciation luncheon tomorrow. I made it last week, but we had a snow day and it got re-scheduled, so our family enjoyed that batch! I'm glad you guys like it!

  3. Look at your sweet babies helping you in the kitchen. Love it and love this soup recipe!!
    Thanks for participating.

  4. this sounds so yummy. and your little cooks are too adorable. i am now following you:) life is good!!!!

  5. Yummm....I just found you because you left a comment on my blog, and yours is so great! I looked at your google profile and saw kristenplusthree and thought it said Kristen push three, which I thought was very aptly named, but the Plus Three is propably more neutrally appropriate! Ramble, ramble...I love your blog, and appreciate you stopping by mine!