cheeseburger soup...

okay so, switchin' it up a bit today and doing a little food post... not many of those around these parts.  don't get me wrong, i LOVE food.  looove food.
i wouldn't say i'm not a good cook. i think that's something learned {although some have more of a knack for it than others}. maybe i just lacked passion... and time. 
but, over the past year or so, as our family grows and i've learned how to gauge my time as a stay-at-home momma, i've felt a little spark where food and cooking is concerned.
it's true that one way to a man's heart is through his belly... especially for my man.
i've always wanted him to come home to delicious meals, but was always intimidated by anything more difficult than, say... spaghetti.
it took babies to change my perspective.  not only do i care about keeping them full and healthy, but i want them to grow up lovin' their momma's cookin!  and i want all their little friends along the way to love it too.  is that wrong? do you know what i mean??
anyway, i'm taking baby steps toward chef town, and it's a looong road.

i feel like this is a safe place to start...
cheeseburger soup!

i've made it a few times now and it never disappoints!
it's great for this time of year and the leftovers are just as good the second time around!
the prep takes about 20 min and total cook time is around 30.
seriously, if i can make this without screwing it up, anyone can.
you'll love it!
here it is...

1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
4 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups cubed potatoes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sour cream

>>in a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over medium heat: cook and stir vegetables and beef, until beef is brown.
  • >>stir in basil and parsley. 
  • >>add broth and potatoes. 
  • >>bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  • >>melt the remainder of butter and stir in flour. add the milk, stirring until smooth.
  • >>gradually add milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. 
  • >>stir in cheese. when cheese is melted, add sour cream and heat through. do not boil.

nighty night!

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