When I first made this soup for him I had no idea that my life would change so quickly. I actually made this soup for him about a month ago and just getting to posting it. My uncle Thurman Nash dies from COVID complications at home quickly and very unexpectedly! He seemed ok and then he wasn’t, which lead to us mourning the loss of his life. This pandemic has truly taken something from everyone. Some of us it has been the loss of loved one(s) and some of us the loss of freely living how we did this time last year.
When I made this soup for my Tiger I knew that I had to make this soup taste so good in order to call it cheeseburger soup. He is a cheeseburger connoisseur and very finicky when it comes to what makes a good cheeseburger. If you are like me curious to know how he liked what he ate. Be sure to check out his feeding feedback below to see his honest opinion about what I feed him.
So me being me I asked myself how can I make something adding in vegetables. Here is a secret that I have, this soup does not have any cheese in it at all. Which means it can be made completely vegan using meat substitute crumbles and honestly I do think he would enjoy this without the meat in it, it tastes just that good! This is a super easy soup to make and here is what you need to get to cooking.
My little secret sauce is creating the vegan cheeze sauce using carrots and potatoes, adding in some healthy nurturing packed ingredients to the mix. So we are going to start with making the vegan cheeze sauce. If using russet potatoes be sure to peel your potatoes and the skin is a bit tougher. If you don’t want to have to peel potatoes use golden or butter potatoes. The skin on these potatoes is thinner and easier to blend up to where you don’t notice any skin in your sauce.
Add the carrots and potatoes to a pot adding water to cover the veg. Add lid to pot and bring to a boil reducing heat simmering until the potatoes and carrots are ford tender. Usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes once the water comes to a boil. Remove lid from pot and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before blending.
Reserve 3 cups of the water before draining the carrots and potatoes. After your drain the carrots and potatoes and them to a high speed blender. Add the nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon juice and start with 2 cups of water. Blend the mixture for at least 1-2 minutes. While blending the mixture add more water as needed if the mixture is too thick. You will notice that the cheeze sauce has thickened and is very cheese saucy.
Cook the ground turkey in the same pot that you used to boil the cheese and potato mixture in. I mean who likes to wash dishes if they don’t need to…I don’t, but I do know Tiger gladly washes the dishes. Add the onion soup mix to the ground turkey and stir to coat. I make my own soup mix mix and keep it in the pantry using the recipe here from my Portioned Turkey Meatloaf and Caulipotato Mash.
While cooking the ground turkey allow the meat to cook without breaking it apart. You want to have chunky pieces of meat or you can so cook it to how you would enjoy. Remember that this all about how you enjoy eating your food for YOU!
Once the ground turkey is cooked add the cheeze sauce, and the vegetable or beef stock stirring to combine. Allow the soup to cook on a low simmer for about 30 minutes so the flavors can meld together. Serve and enjoy and try not to eat it all up in one sitting…cause I know that it will be hard to do.
Tiger’s Feeding Feedback
My absolute new favorite soup of All Time!!! Geesh……I didn’t realize hamburger could be made into a soup. It was the flavor and taste for me. Just like a hamburger and you know a Brother loves himself some hamburgers. Then to only learn as of yesterday that there was no hamburger at all in the soup!!! Oh well, If she hadn’t told me I would have never known. This just proves how talented and skilled Nic is at what she does!!! Great Recipe! I devoured it!
Note: not sure why he thought it didn’t have meat in it after eating it…maybe I can slowly switch him over full time after all?