Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Last night was my "going meatless" experiment night.  I personally think it was a huge success! I tried a new recipe which I'm going to share with you shortly.  We got lots of vitamins from nutritious veggies in a "comfort" soup packed with flavour.  I also made some homemade rolls to accompany it.  Yum!

I originally found this recipe through pinterest over at Lulu the Baker.  Credit for this recipe goes completely to her! I simply tweeked it and added some personal flair :)

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

2 T butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
3-4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
4 cups water
3 potatoes, diced
3 T cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 cups cut broccoli
other frozen veggies
2 cups milk
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium heat.  Add chopped onions, carrots, and celery and heat until tender.  Add fresh garlic and continue to sautee for 1 or 2 more minutes.  Pour in broth & water (note--if you want a stronger flavour, you could add more broth and less water--whatever works!  I used veggie broth because it's what I had on hand, but I think in the future I'll use chicken broth instead) Add diced potatoes.  Heat until broth is boiling and potatoes are tender.  In a separate bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch.  Pour into soup and simmer for a couple minutes until slightly thickened.  Add broccoli, any other frozen veggies you want (I used corn and green beans) and milk.  Simmer until veggies are heated through and tender.  Stir in shredded cheese.  Allow to melt & serve!

I'm telling you folks, the cheese makes this recipe! This soup is perfect for staying warm and cozy on a cold winter night. 

We have lots of leftovers (my fave!) to warm up for lunch today. 


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