This isn't the most gourmet of soups, but I bet kids really like it and it sure does satisfy a certain type of craving. I made some changes to the original recipe and have included them below. It really does taste like cheeseburger in a bowl-- ground beef, cheese, onion, ketchup, mustard and even potatoes as a french fry stand-in. You are supposed to serve it with a toasted bun and pickles, lettuce, tomato (cute, right?) but we didn't have those things and so served it straight up with thick slices of Farm Bread.
Cheeseburger in a Bowl Soup
(adapted from Better Homes & Gardens)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 2 tbsp flour
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 medium potatoes, chopped
- 1 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 2 tbsp ketchip
- 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
- 1 cup skim milk
- green onions, for garnish
- In a 4-quart stock pot cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned. Drain off fat, sprinkle flour on beef mixture and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in stock and potatoes and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.
- Stir in tomatoes, cheese, tomato paste, ketchup and mustard. Cook and stir until cheese is melted, then stir in milk and heat through. Garnish with scallions, if desired.