So here's what happened...
I posted on Facebook that this seemed like a Cheeseburger Soup kinda day and I had a few people ask for the recipe....
....and since I had a blog at one time *wink* I decided to just do a post about my loverly cheeseburger soup.
This is Hub's favorite, or one of them, and it is one of those meals that I only fix on rare occasion.
If he loves it (and I do too, BTW) why is it a rarity
Because it takes me a long time to fix it. Today, it took me two Miranda Lambert albums and one Christmas music album... not kidding, dude.... it takes a while!
It's not hard to make, but it requires multiple steps and lots of chopping. I also made a triple batch because if I'm going to go through the work, we're going to eat it for more than one meal. And, in my opinion, it tastes better after the first day, anyway. It also freezes well.
Without further ado, here's some pics of my soup. (I'll type out the full recipe at the bottom, so you don't have to take notes throughout the post... just sit back and admire my awesome photography skills)
(that's a joke...about the photography...I didn't work too hard at it)
Step one: brown hamburger, drain and let it sit in the sink
Saute celery, onions and carrots in some butter.
Chop up potatoes
Line up canned ingredients and some more butter and take a picture.
Add broth, potatoes and beef back to veggie mix.
Think to yourself, "is that too many potatoes?"
In another pan, create a rue with butter and flour.
(I don't know if that's really how it's spelled, but I that's what I'm going with.) (Also, I will note, I screw up this step every.single.time. I make this recipe. So I know from experience that whether you do this right, screw it up and add it anyway, or screw it up and don't include it.... the soup's still delicious)
Add cheese and evaporated milk
Let it simmer till you're ready to eat.
At this house, we eat it with bacon bits sprinkled on the top, but do whatever you like!
This is a recipe my mom found somewhere and she's passed it on to us. Therefore, if someone out there needs credit for creating this, I honest-to-goodness don't know who it is.
So here's the actual recipe: (sorry I didn't put it on printable cards, I missed that day of blogging class and I don't know how to do that. But you can copy and paste!)
1/2 lb ground beef
4 T butter or margarine, divided
3/4 cu chopped onion
3/4 cu chopped/shredded carrots
3/4 cu chopped celery
1 tsp dried basil
2 cans (14.5 fl. oz each) chicken broth
4 cups of peeled and diced potatoes
1/4 cup flour
2 cu. cubed Velveeta
1 can (12 fl oz) evaporated milk
3/4/ tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp black pepper
Cook ground beef in large saucepan over medium heat until brown; drain and set aside.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in same saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and basil; cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
Add broth, potatoes, and cooked beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Melt remaining butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour; cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to soup; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to low; add cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted.
Garnish bowls with bacon bits, if desired.