Cheeseburger in Paradise Skinny Soup Recipe

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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 using extra lean ground beef and draining the fat after browning, adding a variety of vegetables, reduced-fat milk and topping with just a small amount of reduced-fat cheese. The skinny for 1 serving is 207 calories, 3.8 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. It’s such a fun soup with a whole lot of flavor. Don’t be surprised if it becomes your most requested soup!

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Servings: 6 servings


Cost per serving $1.44 view details
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef, I used Trader Joe’s 96/4
  • 1½ cups onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1½ 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
  • Topping
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard
  • 1 dill pickle, chopped


  1. 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.
  2. In the same pot, add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and basil. Saute for about 5 minutes until vegetable 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.
  3. 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!
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 393g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 294  
Calories from Fat 142 48%
Total Fat 15.86g 20%
Saturated Fat 6.99g 28%
Trans Fat 0.71g  
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 764mg 32%
Potassium 681mg 19%
Total Carbs 17.47g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g 8%
Sugars 5.87g 4%
Protein 20.17g 32%




  • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
    January 11, 2012
    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.

    Weight Watchers (old points) 4

    Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

    SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1½ cups), includes cheese (not including ketchup, mustard or pickle)
    207 calories, 3.8g fat, 22g protein, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 587mg sodium, 5g sugar

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