Cheeseburger Paradise Soup

Ingredients

    * 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
    * 1 small carrot, grated
    * 1 small onion, chopped
    * 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
    * 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
    * 3 cups water
    * 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
    * 2 garlic cloves, minced
    * 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    * 2 pounds ground beef
    * 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
    * 2 tablespoons butter
    * 5 cups 2% milk, divided
    * 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    * 1 package (16 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
    * Crumbled cooked bacon

Directions

    * In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
    * Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and mushrooms in butter over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to soup. Stir in 4 cups milk; heat through.
    * In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 14 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts).

Source: tasteofhome.com