Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vegetable Chowder

I know I know, it's aver 100 degrees outside, why am I posting another soup?  This one is just so good.  I love how easy soups are.  It's a great way to get rid of some veggies that need to be eaten too.  This one is very similar to the Broccoli Cheese Soup that I posted a while back.  It's "souper" yummy!

Vegetable Chowder

1 cup butter
1 cup flour
6 cups milk
4-6 cups mixed vegetables chopped
1 box chicken broth
1/2 tsp onion powder (if you don't add chopped onions)
salt and pepper
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

First, chop any veggies, you like and add them to a pan or pot, to steam them.  Put about 3/4 cup water into pan with veggies.  Cover and steam on low until tender.  I like to use, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onions (or about 1/2 tsp onion powder) carrots, corn etc.  (about 4-6 cups chopped into bite size pieces, not too small, except for the onions of course)

While the veggies are steaming, In a large pot, melt butter, whisk in flour.  Stir for 1 minute to whisk to a paste.  

Stir in milk and chicken broth, continue stirring (medium heat) until thickened.

Pour in the steamed veggies. You can drain or add the little bit of water that's left. I just add it in. It's not enough to effect it too much. Stir well, then add in cheese, salt and pepper.  

Heat through to melt cheese. (If the veggies need a little longer to cook, keep on low for as long as needed to make them nice and tender.) Remember to stir frequently, to avoid burning the bottom. Serve immediately.  Bread bowls are delicious with this soup!

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