Cheeseburger Soup

This is a very American recipe, salt of the earth and processed cheese. I made it for dinner on Monday and served it with Tomato-Rosemary muffins, completing the transmogriphication of a cheeseburger and fries with ketchup into something more suitable for a cold winter evening:

It’s hearty and warm and uses real ingredients, if not all terribly healthy ones. If you have a food processor for the first step and someone to help peel the potatoes, it can come together fairly quickly. If not, it can still be a relaxing process to do it manually.

When I was taking far too many classes my last semester of undergrad, a professor assigned a weekly “artist’s date” as part of our studio photography class, insisting we take at least an hour off from work to do something personally rewarding. I remember making this recipe and feeling much better about life in general as I chopped potatoes and sat down to eat.

Cheeseburger Soup

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped.
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup sliced celery
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 4 Tbs butter, divided
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 4 cup diced peeled potatoes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) American cheese (or shredded cheddar)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  1. In a 3 qt. saucepan, brown beef; drain and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, sauté onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 Tbs. butter until vegetables are tender, about 10 min.
  3. Add broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Next, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly. Add to soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Add cheese, milk, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.

Yield: 6-8 servings (2.5 quarts)

If the slideshow below doesn’t work for you, find the photos on my flickr stream here.
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4 Comments Add yours

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  2. Sruthi says:

    I tried this last weekend, didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped ’cause I left it on the stove a little too long, but it tasted delicious! 🙂
    Your recipes are helping me cope with my ‘just learning how to cook’ phase!!

    1. The Kitchen Tourist says:

      Yay! I’m glad you’re enjoying them. I have many more to post but I’m slow and lazy. 🙂

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