In honor of Ag Day, CheeseBURGER Soup

* see note below!

Ready for supper? 

 Didn’t think so. 

Go get that package of frozen hamburger and nuke it/defrost it.  You’re halfway to your supper now.  Come on get in gear. The afternoon will be gone before you know it.  OR if you’re really prepared, you already have a sack of browned hamburger in the freezer so all you have to do is thaw it out!  Yay for you. 

Got some chopped celery and onions packaged in the freezer? (Remember how fast celery can go bad?  Chop it up all at once and throw it in the freezer for later use.)

 How about cooked rice?  Yep, you can cook a huge batch then freeze that too OR purchase pre-cooked rice.  It’s a little pricey but great for emergencies! 

And the chicken/turkey broth leftover from the roasted poultry at Christmas or that last pot of chicken breasts that you cooked and had lots of broth left….then you froze it right?  Well, thaw that out too OR open up a can of chicken broth or make some quicklike by combining water and  chicken bouillon.  Magic presto!  Broth is ready. 

So now, let’s put this all together!

1 lb of browned hamburger

1/2 cup grated carrots (grated cooks faster)

1/3 chopped celery

1-11 oz can of cheddar cheese soup

2 soup cans milk

2 cups cooked rice (brown is best!)

1/4 cup chopped onions

3 cups chicken broth

1 lb. Velveeta ( I use a little Vel and a lot of REAL cheddar)

8 oz. sour cream (w/ or w/o chives)

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine broth, carrots, onions, and celery in a large pot. Simmer 10 min. the add browned hamburger, rice, coup, cheese and milk.  Heat until cheese is melted and soup is hot.  Right before serving, add sour cream. Keep heat LOW as this scorches easily so… Do NOT BOIL!  Cover.  Remove from heat.  Let stand 5 mins.

Essentially, this soup can be ready in a few minutes IF all you have to do thaw most of these ingredients.  But, even if you don’t your freezer well-stocked and prepared, it still won’t take long to put this yummy soup together. I promise.  And BTW, this recipe is from my daughter-in-law, Candace who got it from her dad, Fred.  Thanks Fred and Candace!  This is now a staple at our farm.

*Note Below…(sorry couldn’t help myself)…see that black thingy in the pan?  That’s the handiest little kitchen helper I think I’ve ever had.  Daughter-in-law Kate has had one for a long time and highly recommended it to me.  So I searched high and low and finally found one.  Chops the hamburger up perfectly and because it’s plastic, won’t scratch your skillet.  Dishwasher proof to. Also good for sausage. It reads, on one of the blades.  These utensils are sold at many kitchen sites and store tho, so it won’t be hard to find them.. Try:  And you’re welcome. I am here to serve.

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