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
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: 327 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 832mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g 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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chilichic User ID: 6484836 150696
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."

lisalynn_vickers User ID: 5872630 197285
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"Love this soup!!"

collegeave User ID: 2051962 150695
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."

Trudy Koepsell User ID: 5061248 133639
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."

carsonish User ID: 6114676 133638
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!"

eagleswingz User ID: 976383 195297
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Very good and easy to prepare! It was a big hit with everyone, from my picky husband to my 2 toddlers! I will definitely be making this one again! (I also only put in half the basil, but kept everything else the same)"

autumnjewel User ID: 2634948 178722
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"This soup was so easy to prepare and I had all the ingredients on hand. I served this soup to our friends for lunch yesterday and it was delicious. The soup was so good that my friend asked for the recipe, which I sent to her today. I will be preparing this soup again and again. Loved it!"

trudi.taylor User ID: 1325952 118003
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I did add a bit more chicken broth (which I make with 1t of chicken bouillon per cup of hot water) as the soup was very thick. I think next time I'd only add 2t of basil but it did taste really good."

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