Cheeseburger in Paradise Skinny Soup


Cheeseburger in Paradise Skinny Soup
Okay, so this is a soup, not the burger Jimmy Buffett was singing about but it has all the fabulous flavors of a dreamy cheeseburger!  And, you don’t even need to fire up the grill. Get ready to slurp up every last drop.  My family did! It’s a very skinny main course soup since I’m used extra lean ground beef and drained the fat after browning, added a variety of vegetables, reduced-fat milk, and toppings with just a small amount of reduced-fat cheese.  Each serving, 207 calories and 4 grams of fat. It’s such a fun soup with a whole lot of flavor. Don’t be surprised if it becomes your most requested soup!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 207kcal


Ingredients for Soup:

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef  (I used Trader Joe’s 96/4) or ground turkey, see healthy benefits
  • cups onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat milk (1%)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard
  • 1 dill pickle, chopped, see shopping tips


  • In a large nonstick pot or deep pan, brown the ground beef. Stir to break up into a crumble. Remove from heat, pour into a colander to drain the fat. Set aside.
  • In the same pot, add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and basil. Sauté for about 5 minutes until vegetables are soft.  Stir in the browned beef and flour, stirring to coat the meat. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the broth, milk, tomatoes, and potatoes. Bring to boil, turn heat to simmer, cover, and cook for about 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  • To serve: Ladle soup into individual bowls. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese and a little ketchup, mustard, and chopped pickle. These toppings really add to the cheeseburger flavor!


Makes 6 main-course servings (1½ cups each)

Healthy Benefits

Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef is a terrific, healthy choice. It has 130 calories and 4 grams of fat for 4 ounces. Draining the fat after browning the beef cuts the fat and calories down even further to 110 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. This quick step is so easy and worth the savings.

Shopping Tips

I think Bubbies kosher dill pickles are the best-tasting pickles sold in jars. Look for them in the refrigerated deli section of many supermarkets. I bought them at Food 4 Less and Vons/ Safeway. Bubbies are sold outside California in many natural food stores like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Organic Food Depot and Co-op stores.

Serving TipsSkinny Fries
It’s fun to serve this soup with my recipe for Skinny Fries and a side salad.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 4-Blue
WW SmartPoints 5-Green

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1½ cups), includes cheese (not including ketchup, mustard, or pickle)
207 calories, 4g fat, 2g sat. fat, 47mg chol, 22g protein, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 587mg sodium, 6g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
169 calories, 2g sat. fat, 18g sugar, 3g sugar

Skinny Facts

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 22gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 587mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gBlue Smart Points: 4Green Smart Points: 5Plus Points: 5


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    Wishing you all the best!

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