If you’re having a busy day or week, then Easy Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup will revive your soul with just one pot, 30 minutes and maybe a little bacon. It’s low-carb food heaven….who needs a real cheeseburger when you can have Cheeseburger Soup?
Has the internet created more time for you?
Life seems to be going by so fast these days…..I’m pretty sure that the internet is somehow to blame for this. Much as I love all the great things you can do (like watching recipe videos on Facebook !), all those awesome things take up every moment that we used to think of as free time.
There is no reason to ever be bored again and I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Have to wait in line at the post office….no problem, just pull out your phone and check emails!
Sitting by the pool while your kids are at swimming lessons….there’s a great opportunity to google up a recipe to cook for dinner tonight!
It’s great that we no longer “waste” time anymore….but I wonder how it is that this hasn’t created a whole lot of free time for us?
Do you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do?
I have long given up cooking meals that take an hour to prepare….by the time I make the kids lunches for school the next day, prepare dinner, and clean up afterward, I used to find myself in the kitchen for at least 2 hours in the evening.
This is why I love creating 30 minute meals, like this seriously loaded bacon cheeseburger soup and creating a collection of recipes that I can turn to again and again. I can rock in the door at 5.30pm and not be freaking out about getting a meal on the table quickly.
I know with confidence that I can have a family favorite ready in roughly 30 minutes.
So when the kids say, “Mom, when is dinner going to be ready?”
I can cheerfully say, “In half an hour!”
These are my all-time favorite 30 Minute Meals for busy weeknights:
Why low-carbers will love cheeseburger soup
Get ready to have a sublime experience when you make this Easy Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup.
Cheeseburger soup is loaded with all your keto favorites:
- cream cheese
- cheddar cheese
- heavy whipping cream
What more could you want in a low carb comfort meal? Cook this one up tonight and thank me later!
The bacon therapy technique for when you can’t be bothered to cook
When you get home and are thinking, “I just can’t be bothered to cook tonight”, here is my tip:
Put your large frypan on reasonably high heat, chop up some bacon (or not) and get that into the pan.
The sound of the sizzling bacon and the delicious aroma will bring the bliss factor. You’ll be dreaming of devouring the soup in no time.
Apparently, the particular molecular structure of bacon gives it a rich, complex smell that not just fills your kitchen, but has been said to drive people crazy. No, just kidding, but people associate it with relaxing times on the weekend and therefore it helps you chill out. Yep, it’s a thing…
When the bacon is cooked to your liking, remove the bacon from the pan and be sure to store the bacon grease for another time.
10 Ways To Use Leftover Bacon Grease
- Cooking chicken – replace your cooking oil with bacon fat to give bland chicken a flavor boost
- Cooking any protein – use bacon fat to cook any protein. Create unique flavor combos with your favorite meat or protein
- Cooking lower fat cuts of meat – increase the fat content of the meal by cooking in bacon fat e.g. chicken breast, turkey, lean beef
- Cooking green vegetables – sautée kale, spinach etc in bacon grease for a flavor explosion the kids will love
- Salad dressings – use instead of olive oil
- Drizzle over soups – total decadence!
- Fried eggs – used instead of your regular cooking oil, the bacon grease will take your eggs to the next level, and up the fat content
- Roast or sautéed vegetables – toss cauliflower florets, broccoli, asparagus etc in bacon grease and roast for 20-30 minutes at 355°F (180°c) or cook brussels sprouts with this recipe.
- Make Baconaise – bacon flavored mayonnaise
- Cooking pretty much anything!
Bacon grease can be stored for up to one month in the refrigerator.
How to make easy cheeseburger soup
Once you’ve fried up your bacon and set it aside, add in the butter and cook the ground beef. Of course, here you could use some of the bacon grease already in the pan and skip the butter.
While the ground beef is cooking, continue to stir it and break up the chunks of meat. Ensure that the meat browns evenly.
Next, stir in the cream cheese, tomato paste, yellow mustard, spices and salt.
Pour in the beef broth or stock and cream and increase the heat to bring the pot to a nice simmer.
As the soup starts to bubble and simmer, stir in the cheese. Note here that this recipe works best if you grate the cheese from a block instead of using pre-grated cheese. Pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt quite as smoothly due to the anti-caking powder and can become lumpy when melted.
Allow the soup to simmer for 5-7 minutes when it will be fully heated and have a creamy, luscious texture.
Add the bacon back into the soup and let rest for at least 5 minutes as this will allow the Cheeseburger Soup to thicken. As the soup is keto-friendly and gluten-free, we have avoided using any flours or starches that would typically be used to thicken the soup. The brief rest time (if you can wait!) will allow the cheeses to thicken the soup.
Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup has 4g of net carbs and is guaranteed to help you forget all your worries (at least for one night).
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Easy Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup
If you've had a busy day or week, then Easy Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup will revive your soul with just one pot, 30 minutes and maybe a little bacon.
- 4 slices bacon thick cut
- 2 tbsp butter salted
- 1 lb ground beef 80%
- 4 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp mustard (yellow)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 cup beef broth or beef stock
- 6 oz cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- Chop bacon into small pieces
- Heat dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat
- Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally until browned and crispy, about 5-8 minutes
Remove bacon to paper towel lined plate to drain and spoon out any grease from pan and save for another use (see post above for tips on how to use bacon grease)
- Melt butter in pan and add ground beef
- Cook, breaking up meat while it browns until fully cooked
Stir in cream cheese, tomato paste, mustard, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper until smooth
- Pour in beef broth and cream and bring to a low simmer
- Stir in cheese and let simmer 5-7 minutes until fully heated and melted smooth
Add bacon back into pan and let cool for 5-10 minutes to thicken before serving
- To reduce calorie content, bacon can be reduced to 2 slices and butter can be omitted or reduced
- For best results, shred cheese from a block rather than using pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese doesn't melt quite as smoothly due to the anti-caking powder and can become lumpy
- Soup will be thin, but cooling for 5 minutes before serving will allow the cheeses to thicken the soup. For a thinner soup add more broth.
- For a creamier texture, add an additional 1/4 cup cream
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