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Monday, July 30, 2012

Cheddar Soup & Greens

Who doesn't love cheese? I cannot imagine a world without this amazing stuff. From the rubbery Kraft singles I adored as a kid to a 10 year aged cheddar... it's bliss. Tonight I created a soup somewhere between a broccoli cheddar and a traditional potato soup. I paired my soup with a light green salad with diced avocado. 

Cheesy Cheddar Soup
(serves 4-6)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp each of: dried basil, thyme, garlic, onion and paprika
3 tbsp flour
2 cups diced red potato
1 cup diced carrots
2 cups milk
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup water
2 cups broccoli 
2 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
Green onions for garnish

In large saute pan, add olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and seasoning to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender, then melt in butter. Sprinkle with flour; cook stirring onion mixture constantly with a whisk until combined. Add potato, carrots, milk, broth, and water to pan; bring to a boil. Add broccoli, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Add cheddar cheese and cook until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Garnish with green onions. 

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