Dinner’s Ready: Meg Carlson’s Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

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“I moved to Auburn to go to college in 2002 and have never left,” shares Meg Carlson, who is providing our Dinner’s Ready recipe this month. “I loved the town as a college student but even more as an adult. There is always something to do around town and many great opportunities for my kids.”

Meg and her husband Joe have been married for 16 years and have two children – Ella (14) and Raleigh (12). They also have a toy poodle named Tank.

The family loves everything about Auburn – from the college basketball team to the bike trails to the unique restaurants- and they try their hardest to embrace every single bit of it by staying active in the community and visiting all the places.

“For Christmas, the kids receive an envelope to open on the first day of each month in the year, and it has a printout inside with a fun surprise activity to do that month. This has been such an exciting gift for our whole family,” shared Meg. “Some ideas that we’ve done are: make a candle at Auburn Candle Co., bowling at Good Times, a night at Great Wolf Lodge, a haunted walk at the Kreher Preserve, Hibachi restaurant night, a canoeing trip, Pine Mountain Animal Safari or a trip to the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory in Sylacauga. We have so many neat activities in Auburn or within a quick drive! So even when the Christmas season is over, we still get to celebrate Christmas again, once a month, together as a family.”

During the colder months, the family loves to be home together, enjoying dinner around the kitchen table!
“We do try to eat together most nights. That is very important to me – so sometimes it may be a 4:30 pm dinner or 7:30 pm…as long as we can make it work,” Meg said while describing all the kid’s extracurricular activities like scouts, sewing, and basketball. “I love crock pot and Instapot meals. Anything that I can prepare ahead of time quickly is so helpful on busy nights.”

One of these meals is an easy make-ahead meal and a family favorite – Bacon Cheeseburger Soup!
“This soup reminds us of the taste of summer cookouts! It’s easy to customize the toppings for everyone’s liking,” shared Meg. “We all four love this soup, and one of my favorite parts is that we usually have leftovers.”

Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 5 strips of cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups cubed potatoes
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3-4 garlic minced cloves
  • 1 tsp each: salt, dried basil, dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Optional toppings: chopped pickles, shredded cheese, extra bacon pieces


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  • Sauté onions and ground beef. Drain.
  • Next combine all ingredients in the crock pot EXCEPT for the shredded cheddar cheese, milk and flour.
  • Stir to combine ingredients. Cover and cook in crock pot on high for 3-4 hours.
  • When 10 minutes are left, add a thickener and your cheese. To make the thickener, combine milk and flour. Whisk until all clumps are gone.
  • Uncover crockpot and stir in shredded cheese and milk/flour mixture. Cover and cook for the remaining 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  • Top with shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, and chopped up dill pickles.
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Dinner’s Ready: Meg Carlson’s Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

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