Posted by: heartfull | November 6, 2007

Cheeseburger Soup

Some dinners are fancy. Some are crappy. And some warm you to your soul. That was last night.

John has class until 9:00 pm on Monday and Tuesdays and I like to make something for dinner that not only will be eaten by the kids but also will be warm and yummy when John gets home from class. Please note that I said I like to do this – not that I always actual DO do this. Sometimes he comes home to find out we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But it was chilly yesterday and I had laundry to avoid. Cheeseburger Soup it is.

If you choose to make this, you must yell out a baseball park vendor-like call as you do it. It is a requirement in our house. It goes:

“Cheesebugah, cheesebugah, cheesebugah soooooooooooooooooup”

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Cheeseburger Soup

Brown 1 lb ground beef and drain. While it is browning:

Combine in a pot and simmer 10 min or until potatoes are soft:

1 1/2 cups water, 2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes, 1 diced sweet pepper, 2 shredded carrots, 1 onion, 1-3 minced cloves of garlic, 1 T soup base or bouillon granules or cubes or whatever, 1 T salt

Add and heat through:

2 Cups Milk and Browned Hamburger

Combine 1/2 cup of milk and 3 T flour . Whisk until smooth, add to pot and simmer soup until thick and bubbly.

Add 8 oz cubed or shredded cheddar cheese to soup and stir until melted.

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We season with kosher salt and pepper at the table to taste. If you like your Cheeseburger soup spicy, brown the ground beef with some red pepper flakes and add a seeded and diced jalapeno with the other veggies. This, though, would not be conducive to my kids consuming dinner, so I leave it out. Also, the original recipe called for Velveeta instead of cheddar, but we don’t do Velveeta, and I have found the cheddar melts wonderfully and is just fine.

Many thanks to my friend Allison for this well-loved recipe.

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The best part? It was so appreciated by John, he didn’t mind cleaning up the kitchen mess. This morning. Which we never do (leave a mess overnight) except last night’s trials and tribulations were a good excuse:

While trying to run out of the house at 7:00 pm last night to get to Bird’s piano on time, Chip insisted on shutting the garage house door (another one of the tasks Chip considers his duty, and his alone. Don’t be trying to shut any doors in the house without his help…) In the process he locked the door. We never lock this door, relying on the garage door to prevent entry by nefarious persons. Thus, I did not have a key. So, we had to hang out at my parents house after piano until 9:15 when John got back from class to let us in. We were exhausted and we all dropped into bed, while John enjoyed his Cheeseburger Soup and then dropped into bed himself.

When I heard John in the kitchen this morning, banging around, cleaning up at 5:00 am, I went in and thanked him for doing so and he said, “that soup was worth it.”

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