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Cheeseburger Paradise Soup Recipe
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Cheeseburger Paradise Soup Recipe

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I’ve never met a person who didn’t enjoy this creamy soup, and it’s hearty enough to serve as a main course with your favorite bread or rolls. —Nadina Iadimarco Burton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (16 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • Crumbled cooked bacon

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without bacon) equals 370 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 947 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, bring the first nine ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and mushrooms in butter over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to soup. Stir in 4 cups milk; heat through.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 14 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Cheeseburger Paradise Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2007, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without bacon) equals 370 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 947 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 23 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Can you freeze this?"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Winter comfort in a bowl!

Loved this soup - better than a previous recipe I'd tried, too. I didn't add the mushrooms, green pepper, or jalapenos, and did a bit less milk. At the end it seemed to need some herbs so I added a bit of dill and parsley - and then it was perfect!"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Oh my yummy! This soup is a winner. I did make a few changes. I forgot to buy carrots, so I didn't add that; only added about half the mushrooms (not a huge mushroom fan, and I would chop them really small next time), and used 3 generous cups of sharp cheddar instead of Velveeta (personal preference). The leftovers are just as amazing. I will definitely be making this again, probably with bread bowls next time. Mmmmm!"

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"Very good recipe! I made a couple modifications though

I didn't add any mushrooms,
I didn't use any butter since the beef had enough fat,
I used a stick blender on the soup before I added the ground beef,
I didn't use any flour to thicken the soup as the potatoes thickened it enough.
And finally, I added a little pickle juice to the soup.
That really added something that was missing."

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