- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup shredded carrots
- 3/4 cup diced celery
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1-3/4 pounds (about 4 cups) cubed peeled potatoes
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 to 4 cups shredded Velveeta process cheese
- 1-1/2 cups whole milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook and crumble beef until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In same saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Saute onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes, ground beef and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly, 3-5 minutes. Add to soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook until cheese melts. Remove from heat; blend in sour cream.
Test Kitchen tips
- Save on prep time by using frozen cubed hash brown potatoes in place of fresh.
- To prevent soup from curdling, remove from the heat before adding sour cream.
- Go all out! Serve in bread bowls with condiment skewers; try cocktail onions and mini pickles.
Kevin and I have met some fantastic families the past few years in our travels, in turn I have developed some great friendships with many of the wives. One thing I have found in common is our interest in cooking tasty meals for our family. With this in mind, I thought it would be neat to pass along and share openly all of the great family recipes were have all acquired.
I have learned through the years that good food and good cooking helps bring us together as a family. Each morning I cook a full-breakfast and we all gather to start our day. With a crazy sports and cheerleading schedule, dinner together can be a little more tricky. Preparing casseroles and dishes that can stay warm or easily heated is often my theme. Sundays are saved for a large meal that includes Kevin’s 95-year old Grandmother, Sister, brother-in-law, nephews and nieces.
Personally, I love to cook! From baking, desserts, to appetizer, to full blown meals… there is nothing I won’t attempt. Whatever your “Family Favorite” might be, I am excited to give it a try.
For ALL of those who share and participate, I will be saving and gathering each of the recipes. At the end of each year I will put them into a pdf. format and email the entire collection out. If there is anything you need in the meantime or a recipe you can’t find, feel free to email me directly at email@example.com
As always, Kevin and I thank you for your continued support.
From my family to yours… happy cooking!
Michelle Van Trump
3 Simple Steps for Submitting Your Favorite Recipes:
Step #1 – Put the recipe in a word document or email format and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step #2 – If at all possible include a picture of the finished dish.
Step #3 – Let me know if it is ok to include your name along with the recipe. Some folks like the anonymity while others don’t mind attaching their name. Either way works for us. you for your continued support.
It’s that simple. Once I get the recipe in my email I will respond with a thank-you and confirmation of receipt. In the weeks ahead look for it to appear in the report.