Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup
Submitted By: Julie L.

Ingredients:

1 lb Lean Ground Beef
4 small Yukon Gold Potatoes - peeled and diced
1 small Onion - small chopped
1 Large Carrot - peeled and grated
1 Large Celery Stalk - diced
3 Cups Chicken Broth - can substitute beef broth for a more 'burger flavor'
2 Cups Half and Half or Whole Milk
2 Cups Sharp or Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese - grated
¼ Cup Sour Cream
¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
3 Tbs Unsalted Butter
2 tsp Fresh Parsley - small chopped (can substitute 1 tsp dried parsley)
1 tsp Dried Basil
½ tsp Kosher Salt - or to taste
½ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper - or to taste
-OPTIONAL GARNISH-
½ lb Bacon - cooked until crispy and crumbled

Preparation:
  1. Place potatoes, onion, carrot, celery, parsley, and basil into the crock of a medium/large slow cooker (Crock Pot®) - Pour chicken broth over the vegetables and cook covered on low for 6-8 hours (high for 3-5 hours) until potatoes are tender
  2. About 1 hour before serving, brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until fully cooked - Drain off any excess fat - Transfer browned beef to the slow cooker and stir to combine
  3. Wipe out the skillet and add butter - Once butter is melted, whisk in the flour a little at a time until thoroughly combined to make a roux - Allow roux to cook (stirring frequently) until golden in color (apx 2-5 minutes)
  4. Whisk in the half and half/milk to the roux - Add salt and pepper and thoroughly combine
  5. Transfer the milk mixture to the slow cooker and stir to combine
  6. Mix the grated cheddar cheese into the soup until completely incorporated
  7. Allow to cook covered for an additional 30 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and smooth - Give it a good mix
  8. Add sour cream and mix until thoroughly combined
  9. Adjust seasoning and thickness (if too thin, allow to cook uncovered for a while longer - if too thick, thin with a little chicken broth or milk)
  10. Garnish with crumbled bacon (if using) and a little additional grated cheese - serve hot with warm rolls or bread sticks

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