Soups great when weather cools

Judicious & Delicious
With Judge Esther Barger

We have really learned to appreciate homemade soup when the weather turns cooler.  It makes a great supper when you serve it with some bread and a salad.   Here is a recipe for a hearty one.

Cheeseburger Soup
1/2 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup chopped celery
4 TBSP. butter
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups cubed potatoes
1/4 c. flour
2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sour cream
In large pot, melt 1 TBSP. butter or margarine over medium heat; cook and stir vegetables and beef, until beef is brown.
Add broth and potatoes.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender about 10-12 minutes,   Melt the remainder of butter and stir in flour in a small bowl.  Add the milk, stirring until smooth.
Gradually add the milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly,  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.  Stir in cheese.  When cheese is melted, add sour cream and heat through.  Do not boil.
Serves 8.

Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX  75941 or email to ebarger@angelina
county.net.