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Recipe for family meals :

Cheeseburger Soup

This recipe is from the SodaMail Recipes in Time! newsletter which is written by Chele who also has her own website, Chele's Treasures <click here>

Chele is a single mother of three young boys who manages to find the time to run her own desktop publishing and personalisation service from her home and also writes the popular SodaMail newsletter Recipes in Time! three days a week.

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A Little Soup History

The word soup comes from the same source as the English term "sop," meaning a piece of bread soaked in liquid. In common conversation, "soup" replaced "sop" at about the same time that people began serving the heated liquid without the ever-present piece of bread. However, it is likely that people have been enjoying some version of meat cooked in heated water since the days when Prehistoric man was forced to stalk and kill his dinner before he could cook it.

The origins of boiling are lost to history. Nonetheless, in The History of Food, Raey Tannahill states that it is clear man knew about boiling long before the invention of earthenware pottery (around 6,000 BC).


1 1/2 cups water
2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
2 carrots, grated
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
1 pound ground beef
2 1/2 cups milk, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 pound processed American cheese, cubed
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine water, potatoes, carrots, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic.
  • Sprinkle salt and bouillon over the mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  • While potato mixture is cooking, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until brown; drain.
  • Stir cooked beef and 2 cups milk into the soup and heat through.
  • Combine remaining 1/2 cup milk with flour, stirring until smooth; stir into soup.
  • Bring to a low boil and cook. Stir until thickened for 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until melted. Season with cayenne pepper.

Serves 4 - 6

Chele's Soup Personality Test!

The Purposeful Traditionalist:

eats soup with a large soup spoon and knows what they want - in soup and in life. Uses the simplest way to get from one point to another.

The Care-Free Independent:

drinks soup from a mug, is not as concerned with etiquette, is self-reliant and on-the-go. Knows how he or she likes it; doesn't want to be told how to do things.

The Cautious Connoisseur:

eats soup with a small spoon, tends to be cautious, can be relied on to do what is expected. Avoids making a fuss; can be behind-the-scenes organizers.

The Free-Spirited Enthusiast:

drinks soup from the bowl, lives life to the fullest, never caring what others may think. Marches to the beat of a different drummer, but couldn't be happier..