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Monday, January 21, 2013

Cheeseburger Chowder

This past weekend was spent cuddling newborns and having some alone time.  Mothers out there?  I completely, 100% recommend getting some alone time once in awhile.  Even if you are one of those people who is not a homebody, nor never likes to sit still.

Trust me, you can come out in the greatest of all moods, after you've just had some peace and quiet.  Our kids visited their grandparent's for the weekend.  This allowed me to spend all day Saturday with some great friends, cuddling and doting on their newly adopted baby.  It was pure bliss.

This also allowed me to read, cook, sit on the couch, watch some T.V, do laundry and clean....all in peace.  It was glorious!  Now, don't get me wrong, I missed the kids like crazy, but it was still glorious.

The husband and I also got to chow down on this chowder, for which he claimed was 'phenominal'.  And trust me, that is saying a LOT coming from him.  It filled us up for two lunches and two dinners, plus a hair leftover for another lunch.

When I asked my Facebook readers what they wanted to see next the most it was this Cheeseburger Chowder!  I mean really, a cheeseburger in a bowl, it cannot get better than that.

Unless you're a vegetarian.  Sorry.

Cheeseburger Chowder
1 lb. ground beef
1 large carrot, diced
3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
3 c. chicken broth
1/2 can Rotel
1 1/2 c. milk
2 c. cheddar cheese
4 T. butter
4 T. flour
1 T. minced onion
1 t. Italian seasoning
salt/pepper to taste

In a large stockpot, brown the ground beef.  Drain grease if needed.  Add in carrots, potatoes, minced onion, Italian seasoning, Rotel and broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce and simmer for 10-12 minutes or potatoes and carrots are tender.

Meanwhile in a medium saucepan, melt butter.  Sprinkle in flour, whisk to combine.  Cook for 1-2 minutes on medium high heat until bubbly.  Slowly pour in milk, continuing to whisk until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Add in cheese.  Once thick and cheese is melted, pour into stockpot mixture to combine all ingredients.

Serve immediately or allow to cool and store for later.

This is the Little Misses 'thinking look'.  I asked her if she'd like some chowder and she actually said "maybe Mama".

Geesh.  You just never know what is going to come out of her mouth.

But guess what?  She loved it.

Would you like to comment?

  1. This sounds so good! I'm definitely going to have to try this! My whole family would love it!

  2. I agree, some grown up time is definitely a must every once in a while! Little Miss is getting so big!

  3. This is for dinner here tonight! It may not survive the afternoon warming in the crockpot---or I might jump in and take a bath in it. Holy goodness, Batman! :) Thanks for the idea to use up some potatoes I was needing to get rid of.

    I didn't have any Rotel so I used about a half jar of picante sauce. Tastes good to me.