Cheeseburger Soup a la Gina a la Pinterest a la Recipe Critic a la Taste of Home a la Joanie Shawhan

Cheeseburger Soup a la Gina a la Pinterest a la Recipe Critic a la Taste of Home a la Joanie Shawhan

Yes, I am on Pinterest.  I know you probably get asked that all the time, too.  I try not to make it a time-waster in my life but I often find it to be a good time-filler while I wait for TV commercials or waiting for slumber to attack me at night.  This recipe is one that my friend Gina pinned so I repinned and decided to beat her to making it.  I followed the source back to “Recipe Critic” who said she altered the recipe from Taste of Home. I continued the trail to find that Joanie Shawhan made it and was a contest winner. You go girl!

The “Recipe Critic” said this recipe was “insanely delicious” and that I will make it “again and again.”  Not sure I like that review since I don’t want to go crazy from just one taste of this magical soup and I like variety so I don’t also want to be OCD and begin making this soup over and over.  Nevertheless, I took the risk and made the soup tonight.  I needed something to take for my lunches this week so I had hopes of a successful venture.

Cheeseburger Soup

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-3/4 pounds (about 4 cups) cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Velveeta process cheese, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook and crumble beef until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In same saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Saute onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley until tender, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes, beef and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly, 3-5 minutes. Add to soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook until cheese melts. Remove from heat; blend in sour cream. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/4 quarts).


And now, since I beat Gina to making this soup, it looks like I’m going to have to beat her to the treadmill.  I went on the Taste of Home website to find that this soup has 450 calories PER CUP!!!!!!! And 27 grams of fat per cup!!!!!!!  Now I have a giant vat of it and I will have to run about 100 miles every time I eat some!!!!!!!   It was tasty though and I believe my sanity is intact.  Hurray for the little things in life.

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4 Responses to Cheeseburger Soup a la Gina a la Pinterest a la Recipe Critic a la Taste of Home a la Joanie Shawhan

  1. Gina September 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    Looks delicious! 1 cup isn’t much soup. Better grease up that treadmill – it’s gonna get a lot of use this week!!

    • Brenda Scruggs September 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      I made this soup last winter and yes, it is tasty but like you saw the calories and fat. I just justified by thinking it’s not for everyday plus I have two growing grandsons living only a few miles away so I take the extra servings to them. Brenda Scruggs

      • Julie September 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

        I ended up putting most of it in the freezer but did eat a few for lunch last week. It holds up pretty well from the freezer other than I think I should have made the potatoes a little smaller. Sometimes frozen potatoes can get a little soggy which was the case here but next time I’ll know better. It would be fun to make this soup again but make it a little lighter if possible.

    • Julie September 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

      Will jog for soup!

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