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Monday, July 18, 2011

Spicy Cheeseburger Soup

I realize that its the middle of Summer and its not really "soup season" BUT there are a few days here and there that are cloudy, wet and cold and those days make me feel a little like its "soup season". I have been making this soup since my kids were just little. Its one of the few soups that everyone seemed to like. Leftovers were a plus because everyone was excited to eat this soup again and again until it was gone. Make up a big pot of this the next time your having a "soup kind of day".

Spicy Cheeseburger Soup
6 c. water
4 c. cubed peeled potatoes
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 t. onion powder
2 t. garlic powder
4 beef bullion cubes
1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
2 1/2 c. milk, divided
3 T. flour
8 oz. processed cheese (Velveeta)
1/2-1 t. cayenne pepper, optional (more or less according to your tastes)
Cooked Bacon crumbles

In a large saucepan, combine the first 9 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in ground beef and 2 c. milk. Heat through. Combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes until thick and bubbly. Stir continually so that it won't stick to the pan. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add cayenne if you choose to use it. Top with cooked bacon right before serving.


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