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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

in Hearty Soups

1 lb. ground beef, browned
1 lb. smoke bacon, chopped
2 large sweet onions, chopped
10-12 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced in 1 inch cubes
8 cups, Beef stock
3 cups, heavy cream
1 cup, milk
2 lbs., Velvetta cheese
2 cups, shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbs. Liquid Smoke
2 tbs. black pepper
Salt to taste
2 tbs. dried Red Pepper flakes
6 tbs. garlic, chopped
2 tbs. Cumin
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cups, water
1 cup Allegro Merlot

In a large soup pot, boil peeled and cubed potatoes until slightly tender. Drain well and set aside. In a large skillet, fry bacon. Drain and set aside. In the same skillet, brown ground beef. Drain and set aside.

In the large soup pot, heat olive oil then add garlic and onions. Add beef stock and water. Bring to boil. Add all meats, potatoes, and cheeses. Simmer on medium heat. Adding all spices for 10-15 minutes, stirring ingredients so they do not stick. Add milk, heavy cream and Merlot. Simmer and stir for 10 minutes.

Wine Pairing: Allegro Merlot    

Recipe by Steve Hershner