Monday, January 2, 2012

Cheeseburger Soup

I found this on the Taste of Home website.  My 11 year old loved it.  A definite keeper!

Cheeseburger Soup

6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 small carrot, grated
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper (I omitted this)
2 Tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno
3 cups water
2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules (I used beef base)
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms (I used a full pound)
2 Tablespoons butter
5 cups milk, divided
6 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 package (16 ounces) Velveeta cheese, cubed
Crumbled cooked bacon

In a dutch oven, combine first 9 ingredients; bring to boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook beef and mushrooms in butter over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add to soup.  Stir in 4 cups of milk; heat through.

In a small bowl combine flour and remaining milk until smooth.  gradually stir into soup.  Bring to boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.   Reduce heat, stir in cheese until melted.  Garnish with bacon. 

Yield:  14 servings (about 3 1/2 quarts)

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