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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

With all the cold weather we have been having soups, stews and chowders are the way to go for the nightly meal.  Nothing warms you up after a very cold day like a hearty bowl of soup.
Don't let all the ingredients scare you off, this soup is worth it.
Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large pot.
Cook 1/2 cup chopped onions until they are tender.
Chop up at least one stalk of celery.  I used the inner core of the celery with the leaves.  According to the Deen Brothers the leaves add a lot of flavor to the soup. So don't throw them away.
Add 1 cup finely chopped carrot.  I grated mine.
Put it all in the pot and let them cook for a few minutes.
Add 1 Tablespoon minced garlic.  I didn't use quite that much.

Add 4 cups chicken broth.  I didn't have chicken broth, I thought I did but when I looked for it it was vegetable broth.  So I used that broth and added some chicken bouillon to the mix.
Chop up about 2 large baking potatoes.
Measure 1/2 cup water
Measure out 1 Tablespoon flour
Mix the water and the flour together to make a slurry.  Add this to the soup to help thicken it.
Chop 2 cups of broccoli in small pieces.
Add 2/3 cup milk to the soup
Add the broccoli
Stir and let cook for a few minutes so the broccoli will cook.
Then add 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Stir to let the cheese mix and melt.  When the cheese is melted it is ready to eat.
Add a little extra cheese on top and dig in.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder Recipe

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 celery stick finely chopped
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth
2 large baking potatoes peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese.

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