Loaded Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

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When I first heard about Cheeseburger Soup, I was working for a baby photography company in North America.  I spent the entire day dreaming about what this concoction would taste like.  My colleague dutifully sent me the recipe, I grabbed the necessary ingredients on my way home, and… it was terrible. Alright, it was disgusting, but it was bland.  Bland, boring, and didn’t taste like a cheeseburger at all!  Recently, I set about creating a Cheeseburger Soup recipe that would knock your socks off.  I had in mind that Willy Wonka gum, where they could taste each course.  Luckily, this won’t turn you into a cheeseburger.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup celery, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup carrot, shredded
  • 4 cups potato, diced
  • 4 strips Canadian Bacon, cooked & chopped
  • 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup tomato, diced
  • 1/2 a pickle, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pickle juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

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Cook bacon until slightly brown in a large pot.  Remove bacon, leave fat in pot.

Using the same pot, cook veg until soft.  Set aside.

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Add 2 tbsp butter into the same pot, and brown off the beef, sprinkle in basil, paprika & parsley, stirring occasionally.

Re-add veg.  Add potatoes, broth and sugar.  Bring to a boil, simmer until potatoes are tender, but not too soft- you will continue cooking them.

In a small, seperate pot, make a roux (melt remaining butter, stir in flour, heat until begins to brown).  Whisk in milk until smooth.

Remove pot from heat.  Slowly whisk roux into soup.  Bring to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Stir in cheese.  Once cheese is well combined, stir in sour cream & mustard.  Reheat over a low temp. Salt & pepper to taste

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Stir in tomato, pickle, and bacon bits. Garnish with shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, pickle, bacon, whatever your little heart desires!

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