Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
My son asked for Cheeseburger Soup, and having never made it I researched 'Zaar. While I was browsing I had a vision: the best bacon-cheeseburger and fries I ever had, chopped into a soup or chowder. This is my vision realized. It came out even better than I had hoped. The flavors are layered, no one thing stands out, but each ingredient is recognizable. The celery stands in for lettuce, and everthing else is present! It is very rich.
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 28 ounces whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 3 large russet potatoes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 10 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (I use Cracker Barrel)
- 1⁄2 lb Velveeta cheese, grated (optional)
- 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
- In a large skillet, cook bacon. Drain. Crumble. Set aside in a medium bowl. Do not discard grease from skillet.
- In same skillet with bacon grease brown beef, onion, celery, garlic powder and pepper. Remove with slotted spoon to bowl with bacon. Be sure to remove all solids from skillet, leaving fat. Add tomatoes to the beef mixture.
- Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2" dice. When fat in skillet is very hot again, fry potato cubes on all sides until well browned. Drain. Remove to bowl with bacon and beef. (You are done with the skillet, now!).
- In soup pot, melt butter and add flour. Whisk for 1 minute to cook flour.
- Add chicken broth and half-and-half. Cook, whisking constantly, until you see the first signs of thickening.
- Begin adding grated cheeses, a little at a time, whisking constantly, until soup is bubbling, creamy and thick. Remove from heat. Add parsley, mustard and relish. Stir well.
- Add bowl of bacon and beef mixture and potatoes. Stir. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Very thick and hearty, but the type of soup you still have force yourself to stop eating!.
This soup did taste like it states. But we did not care for it. I think children would like this soup.
Directions are not good for a new cook. 4 items are left hanging in the ingredients list.
I did not use the velveeta,don't think it was missed. This is a rich soup.
Made recipe with all the ingredients listed, except I did this in my slow cooker, though I did slightly brown the beef first, along with the onion, celery and slightly cooked the bacon. By far one of the best soups we have had in a LONG time. Alot goiung on here, as to ingredients and the wonderful aroma in the house after I was out for a little bit. I cooked this in the slow cooker for 6 hours. Perfect soup for last night, and a keeper here . Made for PRMR tag.