I swear that most of my soup concoctions are because I have a stuff in my freezer, fridge and pantry that I have to use up. I was desperately trying to use up potatoes before we went to the States for Christmas, I had some ground beef in my freezer and always those frozen veggies.Well, voila. This creamy potato & hamburger soup was the result of my cleaning out my freezer and pantry. Making hamburger soup is simple.
First, you fry up the ground beef mixture until cooked then place into a crock pot or slow cooker.
Second, you add in all the vegetables and spices ( NOT the milk products!) and cook for hours in the slow cooker, breaking down the ground beef into softer meat and the potatoes into smooth velvety goodness.
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium white onion peeled and diced
1 large garlic clove minced
6 cups of chicken broth
6 cups of peeled & diced Russet potatoes
2 cups of your favourite frozen vegetable mix
3 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
8 ounces Velveeta cheese cubed
In a large skillet ,fry the ground beef and onions until the onions are soft and the ground beef browned. Drain the grease.
Fry the garlic until browned and fragrant. Add the beef mixture to the crockpot or stockpot on the stove.
Add in the potatoes, broth, vegetables, basil and parsley.
Cook in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours, on high for 3-4, or simmer on the stove until the potatoes are tender and starting to dissolve sightly.
Whisk the cornstarch into the milk, then whisk into the soup. Add the Velveeta and let it melt, stirring occasionally. When it’s melted in completely, spoon into bowls and serve.