We are big soup eaters here at StoneGable! We love a soup that sticks to your ribs and eats like a meal! Hearty BACON CHEESEBURGER SOUP checks all those boxes and more. I love its creamy texture and full of flavor ingredients. Pile on the extras like fresh parsley, shredded cheese, bacon and homemade croutons… YUM! This recipe makes a big pot full of cheeseburger goodness!
This recipe would be perfect when you are enjoying a football game or to take to a covered dish or to make for dinner and have leftover for lunch! Although, if you are like us, soup is an anytime meal!
- 8 slices bacon
- 2 large onion, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 2/3 cups baby carrots, diced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 20 oz ground beef
- 3 TBS butter
- 7 TBS flour
- 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups milk or half and half (I use half milk and half half and half)
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cups good cheddar cheese, grated
- 2-3 dashes of hot sauce
- fresh parsley, chopped
- Homemade croutons
- Cook bacon in a large dutch oven or stock pot. When the bacon is done and crisp, remove it from the pot and reserve. Crumble when it is cool and set aside.
- Remove all but 2 TBS bacon fat from the pot. Add onions, celery, carrots, salt and pepper to the pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.Do not brown! Remove the veggies to a large plate and reserve.
- Add the ground beef to the dutch oven and cook until there is no more pink. Add the flour and mix well. Cook for 4 minutes. Add the veggies back to the pot.
- Add the chicken stock, milk and Worcestershire sauce and stir. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil and immediately lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the cheddar cheese, reserving 1/2 cup for toppings. Add 2-3 dashes of hot sauce. Simmer until all the cheese has melted. Stir and serve hot.
- While the soup is simmering make the homemade croutons. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- When the oven reaches 400 degrees add 3 TBS butter to a rimmed baking sheet and melt it in the oven. Watch it so it does not burn. Cut unsliced bread (I use sourdough) into cubes. about 1 cup. When the butter has melted remove the baking sheet from the oven, put the bread cubes into the pan and toss with the butter. Bake for 10-15 minutes watching them so they do not burn. The croutons should be golden brown and crisp.
- Ladle out the soup and top with shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, fresh parsley and croutons.
- Use a good block of cheddar cheese and grate it yourself. It will make such a difference in the quality of the soup.
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