1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion (from 1 medium-sized onion)
1/2 cup chopped celery (from 1 stalk)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Two 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium beef broth
2 medium-sized potatoes, chopped coarsely
One 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
One 8-ounce package shredded Cheddar and American cheese blend (2 cups)
One 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/4 cup ketchup
1 to 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1 cup whole milk
6 cocktail buns or brown-and-serve rolls, split
1 tablespoon butter, melted, or olive oil
Assorted condiments, such as pickles, onions, lettuce, mustard, and/or ketchup, for serving (optional)
1) In a large pot, cook beef, onion, celery, and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned and vegetables are tender; drain fat. Sprinkle flour on beef mixture. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, for 10 minutes.
2) Stir in tomatoes, cheese, tomato paste, ketchup, and mustard. Cook and stir until soup comes to a gentle boil. Stir in milk and heat through.
3) Preheat broiler. Place split buns, split sides up, on a broiler pan. Brush with melted butter or olive oil. Broil 4-5 inches from the heat until golden, for about 1 minute. Serve soup with toasted buns and top with condiments. Yield: 4 to6 servings.
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