Makeover Beef & Potato Soup Recipe
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Makeover Beef & Potato Soup Recipe

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Slow-cooker easy, this soup is a Christmas Eve tradition after church services at our house. —SHEILA HOLDERMAN, BERTHOLD, NORTH DAKOTA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
Healthy Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 327 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 832 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine flour and 1 can broth until smooth. Add to beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, celery, seasonings and remaining broth. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in cheese and milk. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Just before serving, stir in sour cream. Yield: 10 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Makeover Beef & Potato Soup in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012, p28

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

""Wow! Mom, you made this soup?" Used 32 oz broth, 1 can of cheddar cheese soup instead of Velveeta, and didn't add the milk because it was thin enough for my taste."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"Love this soup!!"

Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"This is really good. I am not one to use a crock pot so I did this all on the stove top. very good and simple with a lot of flavor. Took about 2 hours."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I didn't have ground beef so I substituted ground turkey, and I am gluten free so I substituted gluten free flour. It was wonderful, just a little peppery for me."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Loved it. Very easy to make and almost all things were on hand. My husband, who doesn't like soup, even liked this. I didn't have basil so I used some Italian seasoning, had to use beef broth and used 93/7 beef. It was great! Will make again!"

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