Sunday, October 21, 2012

{Crock-Pot} Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Do remember a couple of days ago when I was going on about yummy, comforting soup recipes?

Well, here you go!

This soup is not only totally healthy- packed with veggies- but it also contains CHEESE and is thereby amazing. It's sort of a take on broccoli cheddar soup, but with way more vegetables (count 'em- 6!- if garlic counts as a vegetable!) AND I converted it for the crock pot. Of course.

So. Go make yourself some.

Oh, and while it's in the crock pot, get all domestic and whip up some of this fantastically easy Italian bread!

Crock-Pot Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
adapted from Lulu the Baker
serves about 6

2 TB butter
1 med. onion
1 cup chopped carrots
2 celery sticks, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium broccoli crowns, chopped into small florets
3 14 oz. cans chicken broth (about 6 cups)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
1 TB flour
1/2 cup water
1 cup milk
2 heaping cups of cheddar cheese, shredded (I used a blend of extra sharp white cheddar and medium  cheddar)

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and saute until tender. Add garlic and saute 1 or 2 minutes more. Place onion mixture in crock pot. Add broccoli and potatoes; pour in broth, add bay leaf and salt and pepper. In a small jar, combine flour and water and shake vigorously to combine. Stir into crock pot. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
Before serving, remove bay leaf, then remove about half of soup from crock pot and puree the other half using an immersion or "stick" blender (this can also be done in batches in a blender) to your desired consistency. Stir in reserved soup, milk and cheese and heat until hot and cheese is melted.

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