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Spicy Cheeseburger Soup

 Spicy Cheeseburger Soup
This creamy soup brings my family to the table in a hurry. I love the warming zip of cayenne, but it also tastes terrific without it if you like milder flavor. With a few simple side dishes, this soup is a full meal.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 small carrots, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef, cooked and drained
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  • 2-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces process American cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until
  • potatoes are tender.
  • Stir in beef and 2 cups of milk; heat through. Combine flour and
  • remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a
  • boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  • Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add cayenne
  • pepper if desired. Top with bacon just before serving. Yield: 6-8

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Spicy Cheeseburger Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • servings (about 2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 795 calories, 74 g fat (44 g saturated fat), 207 mg cholesterol, 1,552 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein.