All the flavors of a cheeseburger in a creamy, comforting soup, topped with crisp bacon and homemade hamburger bun croutons!
Dovetailing Tip: Cook an additional pound of ground beef to be used day 3 in the Ground Beef Noodle Stir fry.
|3||hamburger buns, diced into 1-inch cubes|
|4 slices||bacon, diced|
|1 tablespoon||olive oil|
|8 ounces||ground beef|
|1/4 cup||unsalted butter|
|2 cloves||garlic, minced|
|2 stalks||celery, diced|
|3 tablespoons||all-purpose flour|
|2 1/2 cups||chicken broth|
|2 cups||milk, or more, as needed|
|2||russet potatoes, peeled and cubed|
|1 1/2 cup||shredded Cheddar cheese|
|kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste|
|2 tablespoons||chopped chives|
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 10-15 minutes; set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat and set aside.
Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, carrots and Worcestershire. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in potatoes.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Stir in ground beef, cheese, salt and pepper, to taste. If the soup is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
Serve immediately, garnished with croutons, bacon and chives, if desired.