Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cheeseburger Stew

It's windy and snowy and beautiful outside this morning.  The kid's were hoping for a snow day.  Gotta admit...I was too!:)  But we didn't get enough snow here to warrant one apparently cause they're on their way in the freezing blowing snow!  But this weather is what helped me decide what recipe to share with you all today!  There's nothing quite like a nice hot bowl of soup when the weather outside if frightful (yes, I've been listening to A LOT of Christmas music!).  It'll warm you right up from the inside out!

This is one of those soups that if you take anywhere you will get request after request for the recipe!  Make it for your family tonight...they will love it!
Cheeseburger Soup
1/2 pound of ground beef (you could also do ground turkey)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large carrots, shredded
3 celery stalks, diced
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth
4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/4 cup flour
8 oz. of velveeta cheese, cut in 1" cubes
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Brown beef in large saucepan, drain any excess grease and then pour into a small bowl and set aside.  In your saucepan, saute onions, carrots, celery, basil & parsley in 1 tablespoon of the butter, for about 7-9 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Add the broth, potatoes and the ground beef and bring to a boil.  Turn heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Melt remaining butter (3 tablespoons) in a small saucepan and then add the flour.  Stir while cooking over medium heat until it starts to bubble.  Add it to the soup and stir well.  Now add the milk and stir to combine.  Last add the cheese and salt and pepper and cook until cheese is melted and stew is warm.
Makes about 8 1 cup servings.

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