Makeover Cheeseburger Soup Recipe – 5 Points+

Cheeseburger soup with all it’s rich, creamy satisfying goodness, is a family favorite that’s easy and delicious.

There’s only one problem.

It’s full of fat and calories!

One recipe I looked at had 795 calories and 74 grams of fat!

Is it possible to make a cheeseburger soup that’s lighter and healthier and and still delicious?

I love magazine articles that focus on “making over” favorite high calorie recipes by making light and healthy switches.

This is what I did recently when my Mom, who is staying with us, said she had a craving for cheeseburger soup.

I made a “Makeover Cheeseburger Soup” instead.

makeover cheeseburger soup

Makeover Cheeseburger Soup

I  went on a recipe search and found two makeover cheeseburger soup recipes that looked good, took what I thought was the best from each, and made some additional healthy swaps.

I was able to cut the fat and calories a lot by using extra lean ground beef, non fat milk and reduced fat Velveeta.

We had it for dinner the other night and everyone loved it!

This makeover cheeseburger soup is thick and creamy, with the consistency of a chowder. Comfort food at it’s best. With a few simple side dishes – like bread and  a leafy green salad – it makes a satisfying supper.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Makeover Cheeseburger Soup Recipe - 5 Points+
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A lighter version of a hearty family favorite
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups, peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped green pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • ½ pound extra lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1½ cups non fat evaporated milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ pound reduced fat pasteurized process cheese, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  1. In a large saucepan set over medium, combine the broth, vegetables and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the beef and 1 cup of the milk.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour and remaining ½ cup milk until it's smooth, then gradually stir it into the soup.
  4. Bring to a simmer, cook and stir until thick and bubbly, 2 minutes. Reduce the heat, add the cheese and paprika and stir until melted.
Martha's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving of Makeover Cheeseburger Soup (1 cup): 209 calories, 6 g fat, 22 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein, and 5 WW PointsPlus value. Variations and Cooking Notes *For a spicier soup you can stir in ¼ to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper with the cheese. *For a leaner soup, replace the extra lean ground beef with lean ground turkey. *Garnish with a little crispy crumbled turkey bacon or crushed tortilla chips if desired. *I think this soup would be good with 2 cups of cooked long grain & wild rice instead of the potatoes.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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  1. Shelly says

    HOLY CRAP!!! I cannot believe no one has commented on the amazing-ness of this soup!!! I would say that all in all it took me closer to an hour for prep and cooking than the 45 minutes listed, but I didn’t even care it was so wonderful!! It is such a rich and creamy soup, it’s one of those ‘I can’t believe it’s only 5 points’ soups! As a matter if fact, my wife, who is not a soup-for-dinner fan, loved it! Thank you for sharing this!!! Delicious!!!!!!

  2. Angela says

    Good soup! Rich and creamy – seems/tastes like it would be a lot higher in points than it is. 1 cup and a small salad or piece of fruit makes a delicious and filling lunch.

  3. says

    i tried the makeover cheeseburger soup but added a diced onion and garlic cloves (I do not think I changed the point values). I not only loved it but I feed it to my unsuspecting family and they loved it! Thanks so much! I am trying the bubble up enchiladas tonight…

  4. Emily says

    Really loved this soup. It was quick and easy, although I had a second pair of hands helping. Delicious!!!


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