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Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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This recipe for Cheeseburger Soup, by , is from J.C.'S Cooking Country, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

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1 lb ground beef
¾ cup chopped onions
¾ cup shredded or chopped carrots
¾ cup celery
1 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley flakes
4 tbsp butter or margarine, divided
3 cups chicken broth (canned or oxo cubes and water)
4 cups diced and peel potatoes
¼ cup flour
2 cups cheez whiz or shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups of milk
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
¼ cup sour cream

In a large saucepan, brown beef, drain and set aside. In the same saucepan, sauté onions, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 tbsp butter until veggies are tender; about 10 min. Add broth, potatoes and beef. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 – 12 min. or until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour, cook and stir 3 – 5 min or until bubbly. Add to soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 min. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat, blend in sour cream




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