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cheeseburger soup

Cheeseburger Soup

  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, diced
  • 34 stalks celery, diced
  • ~4 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 lbs. potatoes or turnips, diced (~6 medium, unpeeled is fine)
  • 24 cloves garlic, minced, or 1/41/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 tsp. salt (Use the code kitchenstewardship for 15% off of your first purchase), to taste
  • 1/81/2 tsp. pepper, to taste
  • 2 c. home-cooked kidney or white beans (or 1 can), or cooked lentils
  • 4+ c. beef or chicken stock (up to 8 cups)*
  • 1/3 c. tomato sauce or 2 Tbs.tomato paste
  • 1/21 Tbs. honey or molasses, optional
  • 1/4 c. yellow mustard (prepared)
  • 12 c. grated cheddar cheese (I prefer sharp)
  • Optional add-ins:
  • 2 c. cooked brown rice
  • chopped broccoli
  • shredded zucchini
  • sauteed mushrooms

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  1. Crush garlic and allow it to sit to activate its health benefits.
  2. In a large pot, brown beef over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook until translucent.
  3. As you chop them, add the carrots and potatoes/turnips, then stir in the crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the beans or lentils, stock, and tomato sauce/paste.
  5. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  6. Stir in optional sweetener and mustard; taste to see if more salt is needed.
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the cheese until it is melted. (It’s okay to leave the heat on if you need to keep the soup warm to serve.)
  8. Serve with chopped dill pickles, cooked and crumbled bacon, additional shredded cheese, sour cream, and any other “burger” toppings you enjoy, like raw onion, green olives, mushrooms, avocado, etc.


With only 4 cups broth, the soup will be thick, very much a “stoup.” If you add any of the optional add-ins, you’ll need at least 6 cups broth, and it will still be very thick.

Goes great with biscuits or homemade rolls (why not homemade hamburger buns?). We enjoy a grain-free cheesy biscuit from A Whole Food Holiday or the gluten-free version of my mom’s homemade biscuits that I’ve been working on.

Adapted from Simple Food {for winter}.

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