Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup #FantasticalFoodFight

January 18, 2017
Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup #FantasticalFoodFight

A thick, cheesy soup with all the flavors of a cheeseburger.

I can't believe that this month's Fantastical Food Fight is here. It seems like we just shared those delicious shortbread cookies recipes last December.  Whew..a month sure has zipped by, hasn't it?

Just a little reminder: Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers that make specific type of dish each month. Then,we share, share, share.  It's such a great group, so, be sure to check out below this post to see lots more recipes.

Our dish this month is in my favorite kitchen item...the crock pot!  To be specific, soup in the crock pot (or slow cooker).

Different versions of this soup have been all over the web the past few years and I have always wanted to give it a try. With this month's theme, it was the perfect opportunity.

There is all the great flavors of cheeseburger in this thick, filling soup.Ground beef ( or turkey) celery, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and lots of cheese.  It was a total hit here for dinner.  My kids aren't huge soup eaters, but, if it has cheese in it, we usually have more success. Well, this was a success! Really tasty and was a great way to warm up in this chilly January.

You can also make this a bacon cheeseburger soup. Simply cook, then, drain 4-5 slices of bacon and chop them up a bit. Add chopped bacon into crock pot when you add your cooked ground beef.

Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup

by Table for Seven
Prep Time: 00:30
Cook Time: 04:00
Ingredients (Serves: 8)
  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 TBSP minced onion
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes
  • 14.5 oz can petite tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt/pepper, to taste preference
In a skillet, brown ground beef with minced onion. Cook until no longer pink. If necessary, drain.
Add cooked meat into crock pot. Then, add in cream cheese, chicken broth, potatoes, tomatoes,celery, carrots, salt and pepper.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
About 15 minutes before soup is done, whisk together flour and milk until smooth in a small bowl. Add flour/milk mixture and shredded cheddar cheese into soup. Mix well.
Cook remaining 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  • Banana Caramel Pie
  • Banana Caramel Pie

    January 16, 2017

    The dreamy combination of bananas and smooth caramel in on simple pie!
    It's Monday! Are you ready for a new week?

    Our week is a busy one. Kids have some homeschooling classes and library events. My husband does  a short work week, but, has gone back to school himself.  It's online, but, still, lots of additional work for him. We are also dog sitting for my sister's lovely pooch.  Oh and it's suppose to rain all week?

    Yes, rain. Not snow. It's January and I live in the Midwestern part of the U.S.  Snow is more the common place. The weather has been funky. Mild enough for rain, but, then, the temps plummet and everything freezes.  Making for lots of ice and tense driving on some roads around my area. Not terribly fun.

    Pie is the answer to making this week go off without a hitch. Well, maybe not the answer.

    But, it could help.

    One of my favorite pies here on the blog is the Salted Caramel ( soooo good, you must try!).  It's similar to that, but, has a few differences.  This one, I took a few shortcuts :)

    First, the crust. I used a basic refrigerator store bought pie crust. You can use your favorite homemade pie crust for this too, but, if you want to just buy one, go for it.  Then, of course, the bananas. Sliced and layered on the bottom of your baked, cooled, pie crust.  

    Next, my personal favorite, the caramel. Love it. Used a little less, but still the same love.

    For the topping. For the Salted Caramel pie, it's fresh whipped cream.  This one is topped with whipped topping.  If you wish to make fresh whipped cream, it will be fine too. Start with 1 cup of whipping cream and beat it with 1 TBSP of powdered sugar until firm.  

    Finally, I topped this one with lots of shaved/curled chocolate.  This is optional, but, does add another amazing flavor to the pie, plus, it looks pretty!  I took my vegetable/potato peeler and simply shaved a semi sweet chocolate baking bar to make the chocolate pieces. Feel free to make more/less of just chop a bar or chocolate chips to get the flavor there.  You could also just sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.  Whatever works for you. That's it! It's a really simple pie with lots of flavor. 

    Just a last note..this is a sweet tasting pie, so, you may want to keep your portions on the smaller side.  

    Dig in!

    Banana Caramel Pie

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 00:30
    Ingredients (Serves: 6-8)
    • 9 inch pie crust (store bought or homemade)
    • 13 oz can Dulce De leche
    • 2 firm bananas
    • 1 TBSP lemon juice
    • 8 oz whipped topping ( ex: Cool Whip/Tru Whip)
    • 4-6 oz semi sweet chocolate baking bar, optional
    Bake pie crust according to package or recipe. Let it cool completely.
    Cut bananas into approx 1/4 inch thick pieces. Line them on the cooled crust. Drizzle lemon juice on top.
    In a microwave safe bowl, pour in Dulce De leche. Microwave for just 30 seconds-1 minute. Just enough to make is soft and easier to stir. Remove from microwave, stir. Then, pour on top of bananas and smooth evenly across.
    Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until set.
    Remove from refrigerator and spread whipped topping evenly on top.
    If desired, garnish with chopped/shaved chocolate before serving.
    Keep leftovers in refrigerator.

  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    January 12, 2017

    Simple and decadent! You just need a few simple ingredients for this chocolaty treats.

    Over the past year or so, I've been trying to re-share some older posts. It not only breaths some new life (and pictures!) into the post, it is chance for new readers to discover some really fabulous recipes that are in the archives.

    This post was originally done in 2012. Yes, waayy back in 2012. Every time I do these types of post, it's also good reminder to myself about how far this little food blog has come in the last few years. It makes a little proud of myself. :)

    So, guys, this one is such a simple one.

    We are pretty much making a peanut butter cracker sandwich.  Then, we are dipping them in chocolate. Let them sit for a bit and then, you have one seriously addicting little treat. Ah..they are good.

    You may notice mine are not just chocolate.  A few were topped with caramel sauce and coarse salt, then, others were drizzle with some marshmallow fluff.  As previously mentioned, ah..they are good. 
    However you would like to top yours is totally up to you.  Melting white chocolate is an option or even more peanut butter. Use your imagination! However, if you just want to leave them plain chocolate, those are delicious right on there own.

    These freeze great, so, you can make them ahead of time and toss in the freezer until you need them. It also helps with portion control. You may want to hide a few or you will want to consume large quantities at one time!


    linking up & weekend potluck 
    Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 00:15
    Ingredients (15 sandwiches)
    • 30 Ritz crackers
    • creamy peanut butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 3/4 cup chocolate chips
    • coarse salt, optional
    • caramel sauce, optional
    • marshmallow fluff, optional
    Spread generous amount of peanut butter on flat side of cracker. Top off with another cracker to create a sandwich. Be sure that peanut butter isn't oozing out in between the crackers.
    Over medium heat, bring a pot of water to boil, place a heat-proof bowl on top, to create a double boiler.
    Add chocolate chips into bowl and whisk until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla.
    Dip sandwiches into chocolate and with two forks, coat completely with chocolate.
    Plate coated cookies on parchment paper to cool for about an hour.
    If desired, drizzle cooled cookies  with caramel sauce and sprinkle with salt or heat a bit of marshmallow fluff in microwave, so, that is thin. Drizzle on top of chocolate.
    Leftovers are best kept in refrigerator.

  • Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
  • Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

    January 11, 2017

    Soft banana bread with lots of sweet cinnamon throughout.

    Banana bread is something that doesn't last very long in our house. Whenever I make a loaf, it can literally be gone within an hour or two. If you smell it baking in my kitchen, you better be there when it's cool or you won't get a chance for a slice!

    What about you and your family? Banana bread..yay or nay?

    While doing this post, I realized there is actually 5 more banana bread recipes here at Table for Seven. I guess we really do love our banana bread! We have the cake mix variety, caramel swirled, peanut butter chocolate chip, chocolate marbled and just regular, plain banana bread.  All delicious! So, be sure to try a few :)

    Today, we have a cinnamon swirl banana bread. Like the list above, it's delicious too. This one is also made with Greek yogurt. No butter! So, it's not only delicious, it's a little bit healthier for you. Perfect for the whole "let's eat healthier because it's January kinda thing". Nice, right? It also gives the bread a great, moist, texture.

    A nice cinnamon sugar swirl is right in the middle of the bread and it has a sweet cinnamon sugar topping. It's just soooo good, guys.

    Perfect for breakfast with a nice cup of tea, a snack or dessert.


    linking up & weekend potluck

    Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 00:20
    Cook Time: 00:40
    Ingredients (Serves:6)
    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 4 medium size ripe bananas, smashed
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 in loaf pan.
    In a mixing bowl, beat brown sugar and smashed bananas. Add in egg, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. Mix until combined.
    Add in flour and baking soda and mix until just combined.
    In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon.
    Spread 1/2 of the batter into pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture, then, spread remaining batter on top.
    Sprinkle top of batter with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
    Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    Let bread sit in pan for 5 minutes before removing.
    Then, cool completely on wire rack.