Good news is that I wasn’t craving one after this ? I am not trying to degrade the magnitude of a cheeseburger because simply nothing can replace it. But it is Monday, so I feel better about devouring Cheeseburger Lentil Soup in the name of health.
And with that level of cheesiness, I really don’t think we are sacrificing much ?
This soup transformed a few times and I am feeling amazing about its current state, since round one involved an unrecognizable reddish sauce that I just can’t talk about and round two needed some serious flavor boost. But round three is here and sitting proudly before your eyes in all its glorious cheesy perfection and i heart it.
The turkey burger and mushrooms are disguised with spices and smokey flavors that would fool the most die hard beef lover, the lentils add hardiness and protein to keep that soup sticking to your bones and cheese + tomato sauce + a hint of mustard will have your taste buds shouting for joy.
Let me just warn you to not count on leftovers, because this bowl of soup may not see the light of another day once your family tastes its American cheeseburger vibes. And who could blame them?!
Do you want to take it up another notch? Top your bowl of soup with all your favorite hamburger toppings!! My favorites were green onions and avocado ?
*Nutritional information is for 1/6th of the recipe*
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 8 oz. mushrooms (minced)
- 1 cup lentils
- 3 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1½ cup cheddar
- 7.5 oz tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tbsp. flour
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. mustard
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Spice Mix
- 1½ tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. italian seasoning
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika
- Add ground turkey to a non stick pot or dutch oven on medium heat. While browning, add mushrooms to a food processor to mince and add to meat.
- Pour in seasoning mix, Worcestershire sauce and one tablespoon water and stir until browned.
- Remove meat and set aside.
- Add butter to pot and when melted whisk in flour until crumbles form. Add broth slowly while whisking until sauce has formed and crumbles are dissolved.
- Finally, stir in milk and cheese until dissolved and sauce has thickened. Add hamburger back into pot, with all remaining ingredients and allow to simmer on medium low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until lentils are fully cooked.