Yesterday my kiddos went to my in-laws house for the afternoon/evening. I took a wonderful TWO hour nap...it was lovely! I was going to clean,and do laundry. I did two loads of laundry...and decided to seize the moment and take a nap. The clean folded laundry is still stacked on the couch.
Instead of putting it all away last night,I decided to make this tasty Cheeseburger Soup. My hubby went outside to shovel our long driveway,again. Yep,all the snow melted over night on Sat,and then it began to snow again Sun afternoon...today most school's had a two hour delays,some rural schools had a snow day.Then when he was done with clearing the driveway,my sweet hubby came and sat in the kitchen to keep me company while I made dinner. It was so nice to have time together,and to have a peaceful kitchen was really nice.Usually I have four children huddled around me while I attempt to make dinner,yep,it's just mass chaos at dinner time usually! So,if my in-laws are reading this...THANK-YOU for giving us an afternoon of peace,quiet,and long naps. I feel so refreshed today! :)
So back to the soup:
Here is the Recipe in my mother in laws handwriting. It's her version of a recipe a very good friend of ours makes.
~Cheese Burger Soup~
Side Note: I always double the recipe.We love to have the leftovers for lunch the next day!
1/2 lb ground beef (or turkey,or meat substitute,or deer burger)
3/4 Cups of Shredded Carrots
3/4 Cups of Diced Celery
3/4 Cups of Chopped Onion
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
4 Tablespoons of Butter
3 Cups of Chicken Broth
4 Cups of Diced Potatoes
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 lb of American Processed Cheese
1 1/2 cups of Milk
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon of Pepper
In a 3qt Saucepan brown beef,drain,and set aside. In the same pan,saute onions,carrots and celery in 1 teaspoon of butter.Season with parsley and basil. Until Vegetables are tender.(about ten minutes)
You can use Chicken Broth,or Chicken base from amish country,if you happen to live close to a store that sells Essenhaus soup bases. :)
Add broth,potatoes,and beef. Bring to a boil,then reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes until potatoes are tender.
In a small pan melt remaining butter and flour together.stir until thick. Add to the soup. Bring to a boil. Reduce hear
Then add cubed american cheese and milk,DO NOT bring to boil. Stir until cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper.