Saturday, January 22, 2022

Ornery Owl's Saturday Night Special: Bacon Cheeseburger Soup


Image by Benoît DE HAAS from Pixabay

Who in the world wants to spend Saturday night slaving over a stove? Not this owl! With your trusty Instant Pot Duo (or a skillet and a crockpot) you can instead spend about a half-hour of prep time midday and have a thick, savory soup ready six hours later with minimal effort.

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 Once I learned how well the Instant Pot Duo works as a slow cooker, I retired my crockpot. And since the Instant Pot Duo also has a built-in sauté function, I don’t need to dirty a separate skillet to brown the meat.

The following recipe yields 2-4 servings. It will serve two moderately hungry adults and two children or two very hungry adults. It is easy to multiply the recipe.

Begin by turning on the sauté function on your Instant Pot Duo or heat a skillet on medium-high. Either way, you will melt 1 ½ tablespoons of butter.

When the butter is hot, add 2-3 strips of bacon or a small handful of bacon ends and pieces. I received a big pack of bacon ends and pieces from the food bank. I portioned this into Ziploc bags, approximately a small handful of bacon to a bag. Bacon ends and pieces work nicely for flavoring soups and stews.

Cook the bacon for 5 minutes. With the Instant Pot, you’ll want to stir frequently to avoid burning. After 5 minutes, add onion. I used half of a small onion, chopped.

Fry the onion and the bacon for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add one pound of ground beef. I seasoned the beef with a generous sprinkle of The Blend and approximately a tablespoonful of Montreal seasoning. I didn’t measure it, so this is a guess.

Cook the beef until browned, stirring frequently.

Turn off the sauté function on the Instant Pot or remove the skillet from the heat and pour the beef mixture into your crockpot. Add one cup of chicken broth. I like to use Kirkland chicken stock from Costco, which is inexpensive. You can use any brand you like. You can also use bullion in a cup of water.

Do NOT buy Kirkland chicken stock from Amazon or you'll pay about three times what you would in the store. If you want to buy chicken stock from Amazon, the Kitchen Basics brand is comparable to the grocery store price at $3.24 for 32 ounces.

Set your Instant Pot to the slow cook function or your crockpot to low. Cook this mixture for 5 hours.

After 5 hours, stir in ½ cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of shredded cheese, 4 ounces of cream cheese, and your choice of 1 cup of cooked rice, 1 cup of riced cauliflower, or 2 small, cubed potatoes. Cook for 1 more hour until the cheese is melted.

I had some leftover spicy Asian pork and rice and I stirred this into the soup.

I do not expect leftovers with this soup. It is delicious!

  The Blend is made by Kinder's. This mix has just three ingredients: black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. You could certainly make your own. 

I like to stock up on The Blend from Costco when it's on sale because it's very inexpensive. You can also purchase two 10.5-ounce bottles from Amazon, currently priced at $18.94.

You can purchase an 11.62-ounce jar of Montreal seasoning from Amazon for $6.12 through the following link. Alternatively, you can opt for a subscription at $5.20 for the same size jar, you choose the delivery frequency.

I adapted this recipe from the Cheesy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipe from

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Happy Cooking!

Ornery Owl
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