Mr. M came over on Saturday for dinner and he doesn’t eat regular, commercial meat so I headed over to Farm Boy to get some organic beef. They had hamburger meat on sale so I decided to give this recipe a try. I saw it on Pinterest a while back and was curious. I figured it would either be gross or great. Luckily it was actually really good. I only used a few strips of bacon, added some canned tomatoes, threw the flour directly in with the meat instead of making a rue, and made my cheese sauce separately, then added it at the end. Even with those tweaks, it still turned out well. I think there’s a lot of room for adapting it for you and your families needs. Just throw whatever you want in there. I’ve even seen people suggest topping with dill pickles at the end, or adding a couple of tablespoons of Dijon mustard. I added a little mustard in my bowl and it’s great either way. Have fun with it!
Not a pretty picture but it tastes way better than it looks!
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
1 small can of diced tomatoes
1 pound ground beef
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled*
¾ cup chopped onion
¾ cup shredded carrots
¾ cup diced celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
4 tablespoons butter, divided
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cups milk
½ cup heavy cream
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ to ½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup sour cream
Brown the ground beef in 3 quart saucepan. Drain and set aside.
In the same saucepan add 1 T butter and add onion, shredded carrots, parsley flakes, basil and celery. Saute until tender.
Add the broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
In small skillet melt remaining butter (3 T) and add the flour. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to the soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
Stir in the cheese, milk, heavy cream salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Stir in the cooked and crumbled bacon.Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.