Guest post from Brigette Shevy
I like soups that are rich, creamy, and full of veggies and carbohydrates (who needs meat?). My husband, on the other hand, only eats soups that are hearty, meaty, and not rich (veggies optional).
This recipe is our happy compromise. The fact that it is inexpensive to make, feeds a crowd, and is full of ingredients you probably already have on hand means everyone wins!
The type and amount of meat are flexible. I often use a mixture of ground turkey, ground beef, and venison in place of the ground beef. Sausage would probably work quite well, also. And I always scrimp on the meat in soup recipes – so feel free to do the same (or leave it out completely… which I could never get by with at my house).
The chilly fall evenings are the perfect time to serve this filling, warm-me-up soup. Add some fresh bread and a tossed salad or veggie tray and you have a simple meal that’s good enough to serve to company.
My picky 4-year old requests this for dinner every. single. night!
Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup
- ¾ – 1 pound ground beef (or less ;))
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped, or 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cloves garlic, minced, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 cups milk
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese*
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium-sized pot, combine the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Add the potatoes, carrots, basil, parsley and broth.
Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Combine milk and flour in a blender. Blend until smooth (this only takes a few seconds in my Vita-Mix). Gradually pour the mixture into the soup, stirring constantly.
Cook and stir until soup is thickened and starting to boil. Add cheeses and continue cooking until cheese is melted (another minute or so). Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.
Note: This is a soup you don’t want to cook too long as the potatoes will start getting mushy.
What are your favorite soup recipes?
Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.
Can this soup be froze?
Laura Jacobson says
Has anyone ever used grated instead of shredded Parmesan cheese? I only have grated on hand
Absolutely delicious soup! My family loved it when I made it and it is now a regular in my house hold. Looking forward to trying many more of your recipes. Thanks so much!
Thank you for this recipe! My family loves it! I have made it 3 times already and am making a double batch today. My husband is a great cook and I managed to surprise him with this. He loved it and keeps asking for more!
LeAnne Ackles says
Could this be made in the crockpot easily?? Sounds wonderful!!!
I haven’t made it in the crock pot, so I can’t say for sure. However, if you read through the comments, there is someone who makes something really similar in the crockpot. She gives basic directions for how she does it. If you adapt this recipe for your crockpot and you are happy with the result, let us know how you did it! 🙂
Thank you for this recipe!! I made it last night and we all loved it! I used bacon instead of hamburger and added a little more cheese…..Yum Yum….fantastic…..I will be making this a lot!!!
Fabulous! Thanks for the feedback, and I’m so happy it was a winner for you. 🙂
I made this last night and it was a huge hit! All your recipes that I have tried have been a huge hit in our house!
Yay!! I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂
MJ Gerd says
I made this Friday night because I had all the ingredients on hand. It was superb!! Only suggestion is to use large pot/ kettle instead of a frying pan. I had to transfer midway because the pan was overflowing. Thx for a delicious recipe!
You are absolutely right about the frying pan. I always make this in a medium large pot, so I have no idea why I wrote “frying pan.” 🙂 Even though I re-read my recipes several times before submitting them, I still manage to overlook obvious things sometimes! Thanks for catching that. And… so glad you liked this!! Like you, I almost always have all the ingredients on hand – which is a huge plus to this recipe!
I really enjoy seeing the recipes you post. They’re simple and real but always look very tempting. Thank you!
Awww… Thanks SO MUCH for the encouragement!!
this is so easy to make and use what is on hand. I made a big meatloaf and thought this would be a different way to use the leftovers. Added some extra veggies just for fun. Looking forward to see how it turns out.
Very creative!! I’d love to hear if you like how it turns out
I think my children are going to love this recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You are welcome! Hope your children like it as much as mine do! 🙂
Laurie @PassionatePennyPincher.com says
This looks so good! Our absolute favorite is this Chicken Tortilla Soup (although just about any slow cooker soup ranks pretty high on my list) ~ http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/10/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-sou/
Thanks for sharing the recipe … I can’t wait to try it! 🙂
Ooh! Your soup sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Do you use dried or fresh basil and parsley? Thanks!
The measurements listed are for dried herbs. You can use fresh herbs (actually, I normally do since I grow my own… But figured the majority of people don’t have access to cheap, fresh herbs :)), but you’d probably want to use more than the amounts listed. Obviously, all the spices and herbs can be adjusted according to your personal taste preference.
Dd Kelly says
I bet cooked up bacon bits would be awesome tasting too!!!!!
Oh yes! Like a loaded baked potato soup. Yum!
looks good & easy. I’ll probably add frozen corn too. Thanks for the recipe.
Frozen corn would be a great addition! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of throwing that in before. 🙂
This looks really yummy!! I make a cheeseburger soup with shredded potatoes alot. I make it in the crockpot & use hamburger (or any combination of ground beef/chicken/turkey), chicken (hind quarters I’ve cooked, skinned, & deboned in the crockpot) or canned salmon. I also make a 6 Bean Cajun Soup in the crockpot.
I would like to try this in the crockpot. How long do you cook it for and what setting?
Most soups will cook on low setting in 6-8 hours or high setting in 3-4 hours. I’d brown the ground beef & drain the grease before putting it in the crockpot though. If the veggies aren’t done enough, you could put the removable crock in the microwave a few minutes until done.
Jessica H says
This looks delicious!
I’ve been making a version of this for a long time. It’s a perenial favorite in our house. We like it even better with chopped ham (usually turkey ham).
This is my absolute favorite soup. This is a great recipe to use up the remains of your Thanksgiving turkey. http://www.ourfamilyeats.com/2011/11/turkey-chili-with-white-beans/
Pinned it! and I think I have everything to make it on hand so it just might make the menu this week.
Yum!! I am definitely making this tonight.
On Halloween I made “Frankenstein Soup.” My boys thought the name was funny and I loved that they gobbled up split pea soup filled with carrots and spinach. Plus it was about $3 for the whole pot!
Lori F. says
I make this as well after finding a recipe at Food Network.com for Cheeseburger Chowder several years ago. This is a fall/winter meal for us as it is very hearty and filling, and somewhat indulgent. My kids (12 and 9) LOVE this soup too. We had it last night for the first time this year and they couldn’t wait to eat. It is a great choice on a cold night!
oh yeah! This is the best kind of recipe for fall and winter nights! My husband isn’t a ‘soup’ guy, but I love how cheap and easy they are. A recipe like this is win-win!
I loved this one, I have a meat & potatoes kinda guy too… I am going to pull this up again tonight and see if he’d be willing to try it! =]