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This is another fabulous recipe I got from Taste of Home magazine. David really likes this soup.
1 1/2 cups water, 2 cups cubed and peeled potatoes, 2 small carrots (grated), 1 small onion (chopped), 1/4 cup chopped green pepper, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tbsp beef bouillon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 pound ground beef (cooked and drained), 2 1/2 cups milk (divided), 3 tbsp flour, 8 ounces cubed processed American cheese. 1 tsp cayenne pepper. 1/2 pound of cooked, crumbled bacon.
In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in beef and 2 cups of milk. Heat through. Combine flour and remaining milk until smooth, then gradually stir into the soup. Bring to a boil, cooking and stirring for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Reduce heat and stir in cheese until melted. Add cayenne if desired. Top with bacon just before serving.
I did not flag this as an extreme budget recipe due to the obvious ingredients. However, it is still generally affordable to make and is one of the yummiest comfort soups we’ve ever had. It’s pretty hearty, but could also benefit from a variety of different soup garnishes, particularly chopped scallions. Here are some yummy sandwich recipes to pair it with.