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Creamy Hamburger Potato Soup

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Welcome to our cozy and comforting meals section! Today, we’re sharing a delicious recipe for Creamy Hamburger Potato Soup. This hearty soup combines lean ground beef, tender potatoes, and creamy Velveeta cheese for a rich and satisfying meal that’s perfect for chilly days. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups peeled and diced Russet potatoes
  • 2 cups of your favorite frozen vegetables
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed

Instructions

Step 1: Cook the Ground Beef

  1. Brown the Beef: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the lean ground beef over medium heat until browned and fully cooked. Break up the meat into small crumbles as it cooks.
  2. Add Onion and Garlic: Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the pot. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is softened and fragrant.

Step 2: Add Broth and Potatoes

  1. Add Broth and Potatoes: Pour in the chicken broth and add the peeled and diced potatoes. Stir in the dried basil and dried parsley flakes.
  2. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

Step 3: Add Vegetables and Thicken the Soup

  1. Add Frozen Vegetables: Stir in your favorite frozen vegetables and continue to cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are heated through.
  2. Thicken the Soup: In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and cornstarch until smooth. Gradually pour this mixture into the soup, stirring constantly until the soup begins to thicken.

Step 4: Add Cheese and Serve

  1. Add Cheese: Add the cubed Velveeta cheese to the pot, stirring until it is completely melted and the soup is creamy and smooth.
  2. Adjust Seasonings: Taste and adjust the seasonings with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Serve Hot: Ladle the creamy hamburger potato soup into bowls and serve hot. Enjoy with a side of crusty bread or a simple green salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Ground Beef: For a leaner option, you can use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef.
  • Potatoes: Russet potatoes work well for this recipe, but you can also use Yukon Gold or red potatoes if preferred.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to use any combination of frozen vegetables you like, such as peas, corn, green beans, or carrots.
  • Cheese: Velveeta cheese gives the soup a creamy texture, but you can substitute with shredded cheddar or another melty cheese if desired.

Variations

Spicy Hamburger Potato Soup

Add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or a diced jalapeño to the soup for a spicy kick.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Soup

Add 1/2 cup of cooked and crumbled bacon to the soup along with the cheese for a bacon cheeseburger flavor.

Herb-Infused Hamburger Potato Soup

Add 1 teaspoon of dried thyme or rosemary to the soup for additional herb flavor.

Veggie-Loaded Hamburger Potato Soup

Increase the amount of vegetables to 3-4 cups and add fresh spinach or kale for a veggie-packed version.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this soup ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this soup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through.

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes, you can freeze this soup. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat before serving.

What can I serve with this soup?

This soup pairs well with crusty bread, biscuits, or a simple green salad. It’s also delicious served in a bread bowl.

How can I make the soup thicker?

If you prefer a thicker soup, increase the amount of cornstarch to 3 tablespoons or let the soup simmer uncovered for a bit longer to reduce the liquid

Creamy Hamburger Potato Soup is a hearty and comforting dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With its rich, creamy broth, tender potatoes, and flavorful ground beef, it’s sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious soup with your loved ones!