Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Bacon Cheeseburger Soup, found over at Food.com. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.
This week’s recipe was Nance’s choice. I’m a big fan of cheeseburgers, so of course I was all for it. Then I looked at the ingredients, and I was like, “Holy clogged arteries, Batman!”
So I opted to use half the amount of bacon.
Bacon (in that red bowl), 2 lbs ground chuck (back there in the background, peeking out at you), chopped onion, minced garlic, low-sodium chicken broth, a can of petite diced tomatoes, a can of cheddar cheese soup, dill pickle relish, and Worchestershire sauce.
Before I go on, let me also say that I was reaaaaaaaaally iffy about that dill pickle relish. I mean, relish? In a soup? I had decided to leave it out, but then Fred was intrigued rather than grossed out at the idea, so I decided to go for it. I figured the worst that could happen would be that it was terrible, whereupon the chickens would love to finish it off for us.
First, cook your bacon in a large Dutch oven. Or a big pot. I don’t think it HAS to be a Dutch oven, but then there’s a lot I don’t know.
My Dutch oven is CLEANED, but STAINED (or, as OldCat suggested, “rustic”). A few years ago, not long after I got it, I was boiling a chicken in it and I kind of wandered off and forgot it was on the stove, and the Dutch oven boiled dry and the chicken burned, and good CHRIST, what a nasty mess I had. I’m actually amazed the pot looks as good as it does.
(And as another aside – the word “pot” just reminded me – I was surfing around on my iPad in bed this morning because I didn’t feel like getting up, and I started surfing around looking at odor removal products (my house doesn’t smell like cat, despite the large number of litter boxes and, y’know, CATS, but I like to keep on top of what’s out there in case Fred suddenly starts getting his way and we end up with 30 cats) and then I realized I was on a site meant for people growing pot. I’m probably on some kind of law enforcement list now, and they’ll be breaking down my door and dragging me off to jail any minute.)
(PS: I did not learn of any new and exciting odor removal products; you’d think the pot growers would have all kinds of exciting ways to remove odor, wouldn’t you? Sadly, not so much. Carbon based filtering systems seem to be the best way to do it. If you ever wondered.)
So cook your bacon, is what I’m saying. Then drain it on paper towels.
Throw in your ground beef (or ground turkey if you prefer. I do not use ground turkey in ANYthing. Something about ground turkey grosses me out), onion, and garlic, and cook ’til the meat is cooked through and crumbly.
When it’s cooked through, drain it.
That’s my new colander, ain’t it fancy? It’s made of silicone, and it collapses so that it takes up less space. I’m all for kitchen gadgetry that takes up less space. This was the first time I used it, and it did a good job and cleaned easily.
Throw the ground chuck, bacon, and all your other ingredients into the pot and cook it over medium heat until it’s heated through, 10 – 15 minutes.
The recipe suggested you garnish it with french-fried onions, which I didn’t have on hand. I opted for a sprinkle of Cheddar.
And the verdict? It was good, and the dill pickle relish wasn’t actually all that odd. I would happily eat it again – though if I had to do it over again, I’d rinse the meat instead of just draining it. Also, I’d probably add less broth. I expected a thicker soup for some reason, and so did Fred.
Will I make it again? Probably not. If I were going to make a soup again, it’d be the Lasagna Soup. However, I’ll happily eat the leftovers for dinner tonight and tomorrow night, and so will Fred.
(PS: I totally did not notice the chunky tomato pieces while I was eating, but if you hate chunky tomato pieces even more than I do, you could substitute tomato soup or tomato sauce for the diced tomatoes.)
Sheesh, I do not know what it is with me and the picking of soup recipes. I don’t even really like soup. And yes, I know I’ve mentioned this fact on the site before. Who does shit like that? Who would pick a recipe for something they don’t even like? Oh, I know…lazy-ass people like me who like the idea of throwing a bunch of shit into one pot and calling it done. Yay for soup!
Cheeseburgers are the all-American food, right? Just like apple pie. And Rice Krispie™ treats. Heh. I honestly picked this recipe because I thought it would be the least like soup. That’s also why I picked that lasagna soup recipe, too. And since it was another Paula Deen recipe I figured I would have another one-pot winner.
Miss Maddy sits atop the refrigerator to watch how this is all going to go down. She’s also hoping to snag some bacon. She’s on a special renal diet that doesn’t allow much protein so all of the sudden, Maddy loves her some meat and she will do anything to get it. Sigh.
I put Shirley (aka: my mom) to work making the bacon because I have no patience with that shit. The waiting and turning and flipping over…OHMYHELL, just kill me now! If my mother ever quits cooking bacon, we are screwed.
I went to work on the ground beef. Ugh, look at the amount of grease up in that pot and think about your arteries. I drained the shit out of that and I was this close to rinsing it out in a strainer, but I was afraid of losing all of the flavor so I didn’t. And also, I figured it would make a helluva mess. The recipe didn’t call for salt and pepper, but I added some anyway.
Of course, the onions were added in with the ground beef because that’s really the best way to do it. You get the flavor without the crunch that reminds you that you’re eating a vegetable. What? We’ve been dicing shit up extra, extra small in order to fool certain people in my family for years.
I may or may not have cropped this picture so Rick could have it as a background for his computer. Don’t worry, I’ve already checked into the life insurance situation. Homeboy’s not going to leave me sitting here broke when he checks out from a heart attack!
This is where things started to get ugly. Seriously. I re-checked the recipe to make sure that it was only one can of cheese soup because I figured that bad boy was going to be watered down into nothing by the time I added the chicken broth and tomatoes.
This is after I dumped everything in. I drained the tomatoes before I put them in even though I wasn’t sure if I should. I like my soups thicker anyway, but you’ll soon see how that didn’t happen. I also cooked it for more than the 20 minutes that the recipe said. I was so hoping this mess would boil down into something thicker than what I was seeing.
I had this fantastic idea to toast a couple of buns like garlic bread to eat along with the soup (hello, cheeseburgers/buns/duh). Shirley slapped my ass down because the hamburger buns were new and she thought I should use the old bread instead. Really, Shirley? Mind you, the hamburger buns were a package of SIXFUCKINGTEEN buns. So I didn’t bother using my fantastic idea and just made homemade croutons instead. But I have news for you, Shirley. I threw away that old bread and used the new loaf of bread to make the croutons. You’re not the boss of me! Wheeeee!
Maddy again. Keeping an eye on Rick because she hates him. No lie. She’s the only animal in the house that has no time for Dr. Doolittle and it breaks his heart. Dr. Doolittle done got his ego checked by The Madster. Ha!
It is what it looks like…boiled meat with some extra stuff thrown in to make it soupier. We all tasted it and voted nay so this isn’t going to make it to the recipe binder. But I can tell you that we eventually managed to gag it down, after a large amount of croutons and grated cheddar cheese were applied. Clogged arteries be damned!
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- 10 slices bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 2 lbs ground chuck or ground turkey
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 32 oz low sodium chicken broth
- 1 (14½ ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 (10¾ ounce) can cheddar cheese soup
- ¼ cup dill pickle relish
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- In a large Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to a piece of paper towel and let it drain.
- Add ground chuck, onion, and garlic. Cook until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
- Put drained ground chuck/ turkey back in Dutch oven, add all other ingredients and cook over medium heat until warmed through, 10 - 15 minutes.
- Garnish with french-fried onions or shredded cheese.