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Makeover Beef & Potato Soup Recipe

Makeover Beef & Potato Soup Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

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.

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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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