If you’re seeking a sense of satisfaction, warmth, and great taste on a cold fall night or want a soup that would leave you feeling filled at the end of the meal, then this option is a must-consider. Cheeseburger soup is a rich combination of ground beef or any meat equivalent, potatoes, veggies, and cheese, to mention a few. It’s like a cheeseburger in soup form with a touch of recreation.
Cheeseburger soup is a main dish but can be eaten as a side dish; it all depends on how you’d love to have it served. Either for the family around the dining table or just for you on your rocking chair or couch or in the warmth of your blanket, cheeseburger soup is best eaten as dinner. It is also best when eaten as a dessert. Your meal course has never been better.
Cheeseburger soup is American cuisine, and it’s cooked with the popular American Velveeta cheese, which is used in cheeseburgers.
Its creamy, cheesy, savory taste makes it unique and irresistible. The mind-blowing taste of tender meat and potatoes in a warm bowl of soup would leave the taste lingering in your memory.
Cheeseburger soup is a must-have on your soup list for winter and during soup season cause it’s a delicacy that your taste buds wouldn’t want to relinquish in a long time.
Below is the list of ingredients you’d use to make your cheeseburger soup a reality
To prepare your cheeseburger soup either using your stove cooker or slow crockpot cooker, the following ingredients are what you’ll need to have;
- 1 pound of ground beef/chicken/turkey
- 15g butter/ 1tbsp oil
- 1 large onion
- 4 medium-sized carrots
- 3pcs celery
- 1tsp dry basil
- 2tsp garlic salt
- 1 tbsp dry mustard
- 550g or 5pcs of potatoes (russet)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 400g of cheddar cheese or any melting cheese
- 3 medium cups of chicken broth or 2 tbsp of chicken base
- ½ pound/2 quarts water (if using chicken base)
- 1½ cups whole milk/full cream
- ½ cup of sour cream
- Fresh or ground pepper (to taste)
- Salt (to taste)
You have to get the ingredients ready to be cooked, including cutting your onions and celery into medium dice, peeling (if necessary), and cutting your potatoes.
With your ingredients ready, these are the steps to follow to bring your soup into being;
Step 1: put the ground beef or whatever meat equivalent you want to use (either ground turkey or chicken or bacon in a medium pot) and cook over medium heat until it gives off a slight brown color. Then drain afterward to remove any liquid present. Keep it aside.
Step 2: in a large pot over medium heat, put a quarter quantity of butter, let it melt, and add the onions, carrot, celery, basil, and garlic salt; stir and let it heat until tender; this should take about 10 minutes.
Step 3: add the ground beef to the veggies and stir evenly using a spatula.
Step 4: add the potatoes and chicken broth or chicken base to the large pot containing the beef and veggies. When using the chicken base, add it, stir properly, and add the ¼ pound of water and stir.
Then, reduce to low heat and allow it to simmer with the pot covered until the potatoes are tender; this will take about 10-12 minutes. It’s important to note the kind of potatoes you use as some soften quicker than others; you do not want your potatoes to get all mushy.
Step 4: This involves preparing your bechamel sauce. A bechamel sauce is made from a roux of butter flour and milk.
In a skillet, add the rest of the butter, let it melt, add the flour and whisk thoroughly until it’s evenly mixed; cook and stir until it begins to bubble; this should take about 3-5 minutes. Then add the milk in little quantities and stir; keep stirring and adding the milk until the mixture is finely thinned out, ensuring no lumps are present.
You could use cream in place of milk. Ensure to stir well as you add.
Step 5: add the cheese to the bechamel sauce and stir till it melts; then, add the dry mustard and stir. This mixture can also be referred to as cheese sauce.
Add the cheese sauce to the rest of the soup and allow it to boil, then cook and stir. This should take about 2 mins.
Reduce heat, put in salt and pepper to taste, and stir. Add your sour cream lastly as you stir, and voila! Your soup is a success.
The last part of the soup is the toppings; this is optional, but it’s no doubt that it adds beauty and a rich taste to your soup. You’d need the following for the toppings:
- 1 bunch or 30g parsley or 1tsp dry parsley
- 10g Lettuce
- 2pcs fresh tomatoes
- 1pc pickle
You’ll need to cut the fresh tomatoes and pickles into small dice; you can either shred your lettuce or cut into little pieces; if using fresh parsley, chop it using a large cutting knife.
After you dish your delicious soup in a bowl, put a small quantity of diced tomatoes and pickles, then sprinkle your lettuce and parsley.
What a spectacular finish to add to your cheeseburger soup to its creamy, satisfying goodness.
Using a crockpot to prepare cheeseburger soup
When using a crockpot, also known as a slow cooker, to prepare your cheeseburger soup, all you need to do is:
In a small pot, cook the ground beef (or any other meat) to make it brown and drain off any liquid after cooking.
Please put in your butter, beef, celery, carrots, onions, basil, garlic salt, chicken broth/chicken base and water, potatoes, cheese, pepper, and salt, and let it steam in your crockpot slowly.
This could take as long as 6-7 hours.
Prepare a fine mixture of flour and milk and when it’s 40-30 minutes for your soup to be ready, add it in alongside dry mustard and sour cream and stir, and let it cook.
After this, your soup is ready to be served. Don’t forget to add the toppings.
Cheeseburger soup is high in calories; if you’re conscious of your weight and want to avoid a high intake of calories, you could replace the potatoes with ground rice or cauliflower. You could as well find something suitable as a replacement.
If you want a gluten-free soup, ensure that you buy gluten-free ingredients for your soup.
For a carb-free soup, exclude the potatoes and carrots; you could use turnips instead.
For serving your cheeseburger soup, you could use salad, like cobb salad or any salad you’d love to try it with, as a side dish.
You could serve your soup with baguettes, cornbread, crusty bread, crackers, or bun croutons when eating as dessert, and your soup would serve as a dip. I love to cut them into small crumbs and put them over my soup as I eat.
You could also try out something new that would become your signature side dish for your very own cheeseburger soup.