Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Recipe: My Version of Cheeseburger Soup

When my husband requested that I make a dish called cheeseburger soup, I admit I was skeptical. A cheeseburger in soup form? How could that have any health value whatsoever?

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


  1. Anonymous1/20/2016

    Your Mr Handsome reminds me of my twenty year old son. Tonight he stopped by and I blessed him with sandwiches but since he eats those for lunch at work I knew I had abated his hunger with a disappointing entre. You are inspiring me to plan a bit more and do more for him to give him a better meal next time. Thanks!

    1. Anonymous1/24/2016

      That is so sweet :-)

  2. Anonymous1/21/2016

    Hi Ellie!
    Could you ask Mr handsome if he would play "come thou fount" for us on his guitar?
    And upload the video?

    1. Sure thing! We will try to record it this weekend.


    2. Anonymous1/22/2016

      Thank you!

    3. Anonymous1/23/2016

      Ellie are you a singer?

    4. I enjoy singing and have taken a few lessons, but I admit I'm not super great at it.


  3. Anonymous1/21/2016

    No offense but that sounds gross.

  4. Anonymous1/22/2016

    You are a nice wife for him.

    1. Thank you. I'm blessed to have you as a reader. :)


  5. Looks so good.I got try them out.